Robots may seem like something out of science fiction novel but they might be the future of the care industry. The push has been toward more human like helpers for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This is a godsend for those who wish to stay in their own home and maintain a level of independence.
Imagine 24 hour assistance without the cost of an assistant’s wage. Robotic labs all over the world are working to advance this technology but a few stand out against the background. These are those who really “Get It”, companies designing their bots to help patients instead of just showing off an interesting attribute of their creation.
1. ASIMO from Honda
Honda created this fun little guy to prove its concept and provide a future for its humanoid robotics programs. We think they did a great job making a possible scary contraption look cute, after all these are supposed to be our caretakers someday
2. HRP-2 from Kawada
We can see this robot as much more of a maintenance model possible doing chores and keeping the house in working order. I would probably hesitate to ask for personal help, as he looks similar to a sci-fi drone.
Overall I think he looks the safest in front of a sink than helping me out of a chair.
3. HRP -4 from AIST
The HRP4 is the latest attempt to bridge the gap between robot and human. We almost got a eerie feeling when researching this one, the closer we get to fully functioning assistant the closer the robot looks to a soldier.
I prefer to think of future robots as pet’s more than fellow humans, nevertheless this model certainly looks capable of helping in a living environment.
Your Senior Care Network looks to the future for more humanoid robotics to evolve into machines that will help seniors and the disabled. The current versions do look promising but they will have to stand the test of time and real use in the home environment.
Mark Yatman – YourSeniorCareNetwork.com