Hector The Robotic Assistant for the Elderly
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It’s no wonder that healthcare and elderly assistant robots are on the rise. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons. That’s more than twice the number in 2000. People are also living longer and not necessarily in a better state of being. So we can expect even more elderly-friendly robots on the horizon.
The CompanionAble Project created a robot named Hector who is just one of these new breed of robots. Hector isn’t just about dishing out meds. He can work collaboratively with a smart home and remote control center to better help older people living at home. The four year project is now in the final stages of field trials in Holland and Belgium and was awarded 7.8 million euros under the EU Seventh Framework Program.
He doesn’t look overly cute, but he gets the job done. Like a faithful dog, he comes when you call him, he can keep track of your daily routines and yes he will still remind you when you have to take your medicine. He even goes the extra mile by keeping your glasses safe in his “pocket” so you don’t misplace them. I’m not sure how he functions without the touchscreen though. One good feature is that, in the event that you fall, Hector will use the remote control center he’s connected to, in order to assess how serious the fall is and what kind of emergency help may be needed.
It has the potential to be the roomba of your home care needs one day soon.