November 24, 2009

Robots for Grandma and Grandpa

Article Source Linux Journal
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 — literal — 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 — a variety of such machines having been available for some time — 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 — one custom made to meet their needs.

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