RERC on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities

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Paul Lam talks to team in front of research poster


Dr. Paul Lam, a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement, recently came to Georgia Tech to meet with TechSAge researchers to discuss technology innovation for improving access to tai chi interventions. Learn more about how the Tai Chi for Health Institute is partnering with Tracy Mitzner and her team on a Tele Tai Chi project in news story: Tai Chi Leader Meets with TechSAge Researchers to Talk Preventative and Inclusive Health.

People with motor impairments eat food using the robot-assisted feeding system at the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech.

Featured Article:

Independent eating can be a challenge for people with disabilities, including those with upper limb impairments. While numerous assistive feeding devices exist, many people still rely on feeding support from other people. In a new Robotics and Autonomous Systems article, researchers from TechSAge and the GT Healthcare Robotics Lab present a robotic meal assistance system. Designed with an active feeding framework, the system features a graphical user interface that enables users to command the manipulator robot in feeding tasks (e.g., scoop/stab food, wiping utensil, deliver food to mouth). Learn more about findings from an evaluation with able-bodied participants and participants with motor impairments, “Active robot-assisted feeding with a general-purpose mobile manipulator: Design, evaluation, and lessons learned”

Kenny Blocker

Team Spotlight:

Kenny Blocker is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois. He is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Human Factors and Aging Lab, where he assists with multiple TechSAge projects related to voice-activated digital assistants, like Amazon Alexa, and smart home technologies. Learn more about Kenny.

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TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90REGE0006-01-00 ).  NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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