Robots helping people in bed


Two recent papers out of Georgia Tech show how a mobile manipulator, with safe and therefore relatively weak arms, can be combined with an automated bed to give a glimpse of how future assistive tasks may be performed autonomously, or by a remote caregiver.


10 Jul 2016

Robots for the people

Henry Evans is featured in Ernst and Young’s Connect Magazine.

15 May 2016

Major art gallery in California is now using robots to open a whole new world of enjoyment

Nice story on Henry using telepresence at the De Young museum in San Francisco:
Story on 9News in Australia


14 Apr 2016

Autobed: A Web-Controlled Robotic Bed

The Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech has released a module that can be easily plugged between the hand control and the Invacare bed, without having to modify any existing hardware on the bed. They call a bed so modified an ‘Autobed.’ With this feature, users who are unable to operate the standard bed controls, but can access a web browser, are able to position the bed by themselves without having to rely on a caregiver (for example, patients with quadriplegia). Click here for the full technical report.

21 Feb 2016

Japanese Mobility Devices

The Japanese have embraced technology to assist the elderly with mobility. Below are two such devices that Henry (via Beam) and Steve saw at the International Robot Exhibition (iRex) in November 2015.

Murata's Self Balancing Powered Walker is Perfect For the Elderly and Super Lazy.

The Resyone bed splits into a wheelchair, vastly simplifying the problem of transfer from bed to wheelchair.

16 Jan 2016

Reader’s Digest Article on Henry and Jane

This is really a nicely done article on Henry and Jane by Reader’s Digest: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot.


17 Apr 2015

Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge | InnoCentive Custom Challenge Division

Grants being offered for novel approaches to addressing spinal cord injuries: Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge | InnoCentive Custom Challenge Division.

18 Feb 2015


“Scratchbot” is Henry Evans’ name for Persona, a bed-mounted robotic arm with three joints developed to assist him with daily tasks. Henry is a mute quadriplegic, and Scratchbot lets him scratch is face using his head for control. Persona capabilities include direct control via internet-based interface, automated control for specific repetitive tasks, and replaceable end effecter.

Scratchbot (aka “Persona”) was the University of Pennsylvania senior project of Jonathan Cousins, Rafi Pelles, Brandon Jennings, Jon Nino and Iason Stamatiadis. For this work, the team won the Couloucoundis Prize for best senior design presentation 2014.

Persona senior design team

02 Sep 2014

Trossen Robotics feeding robot video

06 Feb 2014