A researcher at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, has invesnted a robot designed to care for the elderly, another step towards a wider introduction of robots to the healthcare sector.
A researcher at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, has invented a robot designed to care for the elderly, another step towards a wider introduction of robots to the healthcare sector.
Antonio Espingardeiro created the Carebot P37 S65, which is designed to help improve the quality of life of older people and take some of the pressure off staff in care homes.
The robot can recognise the faces of patients and can store their medication requirements. It can remind people to take their pills and do exercise, can answer questions, and for those who are a little lonely it can even tell jokes.
Telemedicine is a growing field, and the robot avails of this by allowing a video link with doctors and family, which can help with reporting ailments or even playing games. This could prove a great way for distant family and friends to keep in touch.
Carebot can also be programmed to help people with speech therapy, and dementia sufferers can be helped with object recognition exercises.
Meals can also be carried to residents of a care home, adding to a large repertoire of useful abilities, and one that is likely to grow over time.
Of course, some might criticise the use of robots in this manner, which might seem impersonal and could contribute to job redundancies, but Espingardeiro said that he has seen first-hand the benefits of their use for both staff and residents of care homes.
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