robotics

Four recent technology innovations from outside the US

Not made in the USA. Over the years, Google alerts have both helped find technologies that would be useful to older adults -- and because this site has focused largely on US companies and initiatives, those same alerts sometimes seem to be all about happenings in upstate New York or new initiatives in New Jersey. So here is an attempt to start a conversation about great ideas for technology innovations from outside the US that can be helpful to seniors.  Emphasis is 'start' -- and additions are welcome. >>> Read more . . .

Hoaloha Robotics’ founder on how robots can serve a growing senior population

The answer could be assistive care robots that serve a range of tasks, from carrying objects to reminding someone to take their medicine.

09/09/2013

The future of aging is more newsworthy than the present

Groundhog Day --the future resurfaces regularly.  The UK media just discovered the granny pod, four years after a similar granny cottage concept appeared, And this new discovery comes three years after AARP discovered MedCottage, which AARP described as a portable alternative to nursing homes (seriously, folks?). Ditto on companion robots (including the ever-popular Paro) from the same UK article. Can you believe it? Companion robots are just around the corner, and the future is just ahead. Says the Financial Times writer: "People are living longer and the result, according to the UN, is that there will be two billion people aged over 60 worldwide by 2050."  Let’s see, doth a projection 37 years from now a market make? Even if you buy that being over 60 constitutes a candidate customer for a MedCottage or companion robot (seriously?), it must be just too hard to find a number of how many would benefit today. That’s because caregiving robots of today are still in the experimental stage (even though nurses may prefer them to people). >>> Read more . . .

Helper Robots are Steered, Tentatively, to Care for the Aging

Should we entrust the care of people in their 70s and older to artificial assistants rather than doing it ourselves?

05/19/2013

How robots are changing the way we age

Health care costs are skyrocketing. Robots could help address both costs and manpower issues.

05/03/2013

Driverless cars...not so fast

Five years out? Maybe longer.

04/09/2013

No robots for you

Don't hold your breath on personal care robots.

04/09/2013

Four robots that are learning to serve you

More on how service robots will be in the home -- eventually.

03/23/2013

Will a robot become my best friend?

Maybe not soon.

12/04/2012

Eldercare Robots

While the technological capabilities have been in place since 2003, the market has not embraced the idea of eldercare robots.

11/03/2012
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