November 24, 2009, 12:24 pm
We all know the image: A future full of flying cars, meals in pill form, and robots to cater to our every need. (Until, of course, they take over and rule with a ‚Äî literal ‚Äî iron fist.) We may not have flying cars or Willy Wonka-style pills, but the catering robots are here, and they're after Grandma and Grandpa.
Though robotic assistance is nothing new ‚Äî a variety of such machines having been available for some time ‚Äî there is a new entry on the scene that is just a little bit different. Charlie is a "HealthBot," a robot specifically designed to help care for residents at Selwyn Retirement Village in Auckland, New Zealand ‚Äî one custom made to meet their needs.