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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;242:565-572.

IntelliTable: Inclusively-Designed Furniture with Robotic Capabilities.

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Sheffield Robotics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK.
Consequential Robotics, London, UK.
Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, University of Sheffield.


IntelliTable is a new proof-of-principle assistive technology system with robotic capabilities in the form of an elegant universal cantilever table able to move around by itself, or under user control. We describe the design and current capabilities of the table and the human-centered design methodology used in its development and initial evaluation. The IntelliTable study has delivered robotic platform programmed by a smartphone that can navigate around a typical home or care environment, avoiding obstacles, and positioning itself at the user's command. It can also be configured to navigate itself to pre-ordained places positions within an environment using ceiling tracking, responsive optical guidance and object-based sonar navigation.


furniture, intelligent; human-centred design; overbed table; robots and robotics

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