Development of a mobile robot for transport application in hospital

Masaki Takahashi, Toshiki Moriguchi, Shoji Tanaka, Hirofumi Namikawa, Hideo Shitamoto, Tsuyoshi Nakano, Yuichirou Minato, Takashi Ihama, Takahiko Murayama

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Abstract

We have been developing the Muratec Keio Robot (MKR), an autonomous omnidirectional mobile robot system for transport applications in the hospital domain. This robot has a chamber to transfer luggage, specimens, and other materials safely. The robot has sensor devices such as a stereocamera, laser range finder and ultrasonic sensors to recognize surrounding environment and user interfaces such as a touch panel display and a display scrolling messages for interaction with human beings. Experiments are carried out at hospitals to verify the performance of elemental MKR-003 technology. Experimental results confirmed that the robot canmove without colliding with static or moving obstacles in a hospital. This paper presents the omnidirectional mobile transfer mechanisms, bumper switch, elevator passenger system and transport information systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1053
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec

Keywords

  • Autonomous mobile robot
  • Omnidirectional mobile mechanism
  • Safety technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Takahashi, M., Moriguchi, T., Tanaka, S., Namikawa, H., Shitamoto, H., Nakano, T., Minato, Y., Ihama, T., & Murayama, T. (2012). Development of a mobile robot for transport application in hospital. Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, 24(6), 1046-1053. https://doi.org/10.20965/jrm.2012.p1046