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Henrik Hautop Lund

Playware - Effects of playful training with modular playware

Playware is intelligent hardware and software that creates play. One particular example of such playware is modular interactive tiles that can provide playful training. The playful aspect of the modular interactive tiles motivates e.g. elderly to exercise, and thereby provides an opportunity for maintenance and rehabilitation of functional abilities amongst elderly people.
Tests amongst elderly show that training with the modular tiles has a large effect on the functional abilities of the elderly. The tests of effect show that training with the modular tiles provides improvements on a broad range of abilities including mobility, agility, balancing, strength and endurance. The training improves the abilities of the elderly in many areas of high importance for activities of daily living, in contrast to several other forms of training, which typically only improve a subpart of these abilities. It is shown that playful training with the modular interactive tiles can give such significant effects with substantial less training sessions than what is needed with more traditional training. Indeed, significant improvement are obtained on all test parameters after just 9 training sessions, whereas research show that other training methods typically use at least 25 training sessions.

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Professor Henrik Hautop Lund, Center for Playware at Technical University of Denmark, is known internationally for his work in bringing robotics to use in novel ways. His approach is to combine modular robotics and modern artificial intelligence to create novel solutions to problems that occupy the citizens of the World, e.g. obesity, rehabilitation, music, sport and 3rd World development.
Professor Henrik Hautop Lund has published more than 150 scientific articles in the field of robotics, he has been a member of the Danish Research Council, and he has been invited to present his robotic work in numerous occasions, for instance for the Emperor of Japan at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo. He has been keynote speaker at the major conferences in the field, such as IROS and Ro-Man. He founded and headed the LEGO Lab in 1997-2000. He invented the RoboCup Junior robot football game for children, and his Adaptronics group won the RoboCup Humanoids Free Style World Championship 2002 in front of 120.000 spectators. Professor Lund’s work has received world-wide interest from news media, e.g. CNN, BBC and WIRED to name a few.


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