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Safe and vital with LEA care robot

Safe and vital with LEA care robot

Care robot LEA is a new archetype and embodies the care of the future where robots will help the elderly (and disabled) to stay fit, active and independent. We developed LEA on behalf of – and in collaboration with - Robot Care Systems (RCS).

A new definition of elderly care

Prior to this challenging project, we helped TU Delft and RCS to inventorize the possibilities of robot technology in elderly care and identify target groups. This led us to LEA (Lean Empowering Assistant): a robot die that takes over tasks from human carers looking after the elderly and disabled people.

Gaining trust

LEA must not look intimidating. Her success lies in the hands of the user, so we are doing everything to gain the trust of the user. Safety, functionality and reliability must come together to make LEA a successful care partner. Spark project leader Remi Veenman: “The design – the look and feel of the robot – and the operation of the individual parts are fully coordinated. In order to steer this in the right direction, we worked closely with RCS and the various suppliers during the development.”


LEA helps the elderly maintain a daily routine, reminds them to take their medication or to keep in touch with family. But LEA also helps them to stay fit and healthy with a walk, a little dance or exercises. This repertoire was also the result of close cooperation. Puck Bos explains: “By keeping structured information flows you maintain an overview. That way, you stay flexible and efficient and you can keep pace in a complex project like this. With feedback from several therapists, we understand how LEA works in practice.”

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