Elder Care Bots to Help Seniors
Researches and robotics companies are working together to develop and design prototypes of robots that can provide automated assistance to seniors living at home, targeting a growing demographic segment as baby-boomers are slowly moving into their senior years.
France-based Robosoft’s Kompaï and Conyers, Ga.-based GeckoSystems’ CareBot are two robotic prototypes that can assist seniors with day-to-day tasks, communicating with family through social networking, Skype videoconferencing, and surf the internet.
“This technology is going to be very important as the baby boomers age, as we have this explosion of elder care that is going to be needed in the future… I think it will allow elders to remain living independently much longer.”
– Robinson, University of Louisville
Martin Spencer, CEO of GeckoSystems, expects his robots to cost between $10,000 and $20,000. And as for Kompai, R&D estimates the cost about $12,000 to $19,000, and targets to about $6,000 each for mass-production. [Scientific American]