Abstract: The field of socially assistive robotics is growing but has not yet been properly defined and circumscribed. There has been significant attention given to and great progress made in contact assistive robotics. Currently, there is no clear definition of robots that provide assistance through interaction and without physical contact, namely socially assistive robotics. Assistive robots in smart home environments have been suggested as possible cost-effective care solutions to demographic changes characterized by an increasingly elderly population. The vision is that service robots are available in the home to help and assist elderly residents. This paper proposes a smart home companion robot - CYBORG. This robot can be used to save power to switch off unnecessary lights. It can be used as an alarm to remind the family members about important activities. It will also help people clean their homes and water plants. The key feature is that the interface for all the functions will be simple allowing elderly people or their relatives make the robot learn activities in the smart home and teach it to carry out behaviours in response to these activities. This mechanism provides support, assistance and active engagement over time along with personalization.
Keywords: Assistive Robot, CYBORG, Smart Home, personalization.