A fleet of personal robots may be the solution to alleviating pressure on care homes and hospitals.
According to BBC News, academics have reported that robots able to understand aspects of culture and with good bedside manner may help solve the care issue in Britain.
A team is working on robots that will offer support to those in care by helping with tasks such as administering medication, feeding and offering company.
Researchers will assist in building the robots, known as “Pepper Robots”, that can be programmed to complement the person they are assigned to.
Professor Irena Papadopoulos has stated that they “aren’t looking to replace human support, but enhance and complement existing care.”
These culturally sensitive robots are already being used across homes in Japan and the manufacturer, Softbank Robotics, are hoping that the funding provided by the EU and Japanese Government will enable a three-year turnaround.
It is hoped that the robots will help their users to use smart appliances, improving their communication with family and friends. They will also be programmed to communicate as a human would, through speech and gestures, and be designed to recognise symptoms that their elderly user is unwell.
Advinia Healthcare’s executive chairman, Dr Sanjeev Kanoria believes that “robots can support care workers by helping reduce errors in medication and assist them with advanced technology thus helping residents live safer, more independent lives in care and at home.”
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