Saturday, April 19, 2008

Speaking of robots... how about a medical robot for your grandma?

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are developing robots to help elderly individuals living alone. These robots can check certain vital signs (using a stethoscope), call 9-1-1, and provide video conferencing services. Want to learn more?

Take a look at the uBOT-5

This is a great example of technology improving home health care. Elderly individuals need an easy way to contact emergency services. Of course, if they're unconscious, making that 9-1-1 becomes impossible. That's why they need to have a robot in the house.

I can't wait to see where this technology goes. I bet the next robot version will look more like R2-D2. Then all the Baby Boomers who grew up on Star Wars will need to have one!

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