Robots find themselves useful in many ways and now they have been found to help the elderly as in-home helpers.
In this league are Twendy-One and GiraffPlus. Recently, a group of European research institutes and companies have come together to make a robot as part of their Mobiserv project.
This robot which took researchers three years to make, comes with sensors, a touch screen interface, and stereoscopic cameras. It can speak, and understand human speech. It does not have arms, so it is not possible for it to pick up objects.
This robot is special as it can keep tabs of the activities of the elderly. It is equipped to make a record of when meals were eaten, whether medication was taken correctly, and if the elderly engages in adequate social contact.
Users can adjust the behavior, tome of voice and such other aspects to suit them. They can use the touch screen menu ask the robot to make a call to people they have selected. They can also view who has arrived at the door by using the robot's front door camera.
The robot can also play games with the elderly and interact using voice or touch screen. In tests conducted, seniors have expressed positive comments and it is hoped that such robots will alleviate some of the problems of old age.