- Apr 18 2017
Robots can stimulate both the bodies and minds of older people. Pepper, an android developed by Softbank, is used in the common room of some care homes in Japan as a sort of master of ceremonies who provides quizzes, karaoke melodies, gym exercises and other activities that entertain and stimulate. Pepper can recognize the joy and the boredom of its audience and adapt activities to match. Pepper isn’t alone in this field. Silver Wing, an experimental facility for seniors in downtown Tokyo, features customized videogames for seniors to practice physical and mental exercises.
Robots are also become key data collectors for caregivers and the medical staff in charge of monitoring the mental and physical wellbeing of their residents. From facial expressions to daily movement, robots can collect and analyze huge amounts of data, helping doctors be more proactive in their care.
Another very promising area is walking assistance robots, which have been a hit with users. Walking assist robots can help people continue living at home independently longer.
The definition of a robot is actually very wide, from the android that provides a "human" feeling to the "robotic" bed that can be transformed into a wheelchair through mechanical and electronic gadgetry. But even though a robot will never replace a human being, it can help both seniors and their caregivers.
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