ACANTO (www.ict-acanto.eu) is a Horizon 2020 project designed to improve people’s social and physical wellbeing and focuses on the 60+, post-retirement demographic. The ACANTO system has four major components that are under development:
• The FriWalk is a robotic guide situated in centres of interests (e.g. shopping centres and museums) which people can use during their visit. It can provide physical support, navigation instructions, and even virtual tours. This device also has a clinical version, used in hospitals and rehabilitation centres to assess patients, recommend exercises, and monitor progress over time. The nexus of these devices provides a system of support for patients who have left rehabilitation and need support to be more physically and socially involved.
• A social network links users together based on similar interests (e.g. local history, art, and theatre) and recommends activities for them to do together. These recommendations are customised, may involve people users do not previously know, and aim to encourage social and physical involvement.
• A recommender system that gathers data from the user both explicitly (via the social network) and implicitly (based on geographical habits and interaction with the devices) to suggest activities for them to do with other people.
• The FriTab is a device/app that allows the user to control the FriWalk and access the social network.