Tender Care

"Humanitude": Tender care for dementia

We are developing a wearable tactile sensor which can measure the position and the pressure applied on a patient body for quantifying care skills in the care technique called "Humanitude". Humanitude has been attracting much attention as a gentle and effective care technique for a dementia patient in recent years. The developed wearable tactile sensor aims to quantify the "touch" skill among the four representative skills in Humanitude, which are gaze, touch, talk, and stand up. In addition, we are developing a learning system of Humanitude using AR technology and a real object, which realizes the interaction between a care-giver and a patient by overlaying a face and eyes of a patient on a real doll using AR technology.

Weareable touch sensor AR training system


  • Atsushi Nakazawa, Yuki Mitsuzumi, Yuki Watanabe, Ryo Kurazume, Sakiko Yoshikawa, Miwako Honda, First-person video analysis for evaluating skill level in the Humanitude tender-care technique, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Vol., No., 2019, DOI:
  • Atsushi Nakazawa, Ryo Kurazume, Miwako Honda, Sato Wataru, Shogo Ishikawa, Sakiko Yoshikawa, Mio Ito, Computational Tender-Care Science: Computational and Cognitive Neuroscientific Approaches for Understanding the Tender Care, Workshop on Elderly Care Robotics - Technology and Ethics (WELCARO) in ICRA2018, Brisbane, Australia, 2018.5.21