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Your Retirement May Include a Robot Helper

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Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2014 08:33 PM by AlexMuller

Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot. As robots become safer, smarter, and more capable, robotics companies are eyeing elder care as a huge potential market.

 

A rapidly expanding elderly population could also necessitate other new forms of home-assistance technology. “God help us if we don’t figure it out,” Colin Angle, CEO of Roomba maker iRobot, said during RoboBusiness, a robotics conference held in Boston this month. “Because over the next 20 years the ratio of people over the age of 65 to the number of people under 65 is going to change rather dramatically.” Estimates from the United Nations suggest the population over 65 worldwide will increase 181 percent between 2010 and 2050, compared to a 33 percent increase in people aged 15 to 65. That shift will create a large incentive to automate at least some assistive work.

 
Some robots are already lending a mechanical hand. As part of an E.U.-funded research project, senior citizens in Italy, Spain, and Sweden have had their homes equipped with sensors to track their activity and health. Mobile telepresence robots, a wheeled videoconferencing system that can be piloted remotely, let relatives and doctors check in with them. Some nursing homes in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. give lonely residents a robotic seal called Paro as a companion. It responds to petting by cooing and purring and will cry if dropped or ignored.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-30
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The idea that as our population is ageing we need some new ways of care is obvious. Robots could be good solution for some mechanical tasks, however emotional support has to come from other humans and is equally important
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-30
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Nevertheless they are useful. As such machines become more sophisticated, robot helpers could assist people with everyday household chores and with dressing and bathing. Eventually robots may interact far more intelligently as entertainment or company. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-30
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I think that even relatively affordable robot hands already in the market are useful- they could be put to use folding laundry, collecting dishes, or straightening neckties.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-30
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Having machines perform some easy household tasks—and not only for the elderly—is closer than people realise. Perhaps, we should not start with the elderly but with the more tech-savvy part of our society to work out the best ways first
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-30
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So far the Roomba is considered to be the most successful elder-care robot ever created. It helps people who can’t push a vacuum maintain a sense of control over the environment they live in. Reply
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