Next newsletter preview: The future of robots

Published: Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:36

next newsletter preview the future of robotsThe recent report titled “Application of novel industrial scale robot automation in elderly care” from VTT Finland raised a lot of discussions in the robotics for elderly care domain. MARIO being an EU funded project on robots for care of persons with dementia is obviously one of the interested stakeholders that should pay attention to it and take its conclusions into account. In our next newsletter we will accommodate an interview with Dr Marketta Niemelä Project Manager of the ROSE project and Dr Hannu Lehtinen, author of the aforementioned report that covers a lot of interesting suvjects on the future of robotics. As an appetizer we are publishing today a short extract of the full interview.

Question: As children, did you have any special affection for robots? Did they inspire you? Or you were ‘cool’ and distantiated from all the emotional aspects of humanoid robots?
- Marketta: I did not fancy robots as a child in any special way. But I recall that when I was around 10 years old, my father brought a computer from his workplace to home for us kids to play games -  it was the first computer I ever saw. I was totally fascinated about it, not just playing but understanding how it works. Much later I studied computer science and psychology and finally ended up to study robots. Now I have a daughter who is 10 years old, and she asks me to bring a robot from work to home, so she can play with it…
- Hannu: The humanoid robot Little Helper of Gyro Gearloose (a Disney character) attracted me to robotics well before 1975 – the year to plan my education. Amazing on-line control was done at those days at the Helsinki University of Technology – now named Aalto University - via cassette reader interface of an ASEA robot. That got me to mainly focus my studies on robotics. Humanoid robots are typically not economically feasible, because they are competing with us – humans. We have sensing, intelligence and motion skills that are very expensive to duplicate in robots.

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Mario in the German media

Published: Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:26

Mario in the German media

Robot acceptability in caregivers and elderly subjects with dementia: How MARIO integrated itself in Italy!

Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 11:16

We are all aware that Europe has the highest prevalence of dementia in the world: seven million people are currently affected and this is projected to increase to 13.4 million by 2050.

In the management of the health and care of dementia patients, the caregivers play a pivotal role, but although caregiving may be rewarding, providing care to a family member is stressful. In light of this, the robotic solutions can support dementia patients and their caregivers. So, it becomes essential to determine specific needs and preferences of formal and informal caregivers for improving the assistance of dementia patients by a robotic solution, and guiding the technological development of the same robot. In this European project, caregivers of 139 dementia patients were interviewed in National University of Ireland (NUIG), in the Geriatrics Unit of IRCCS “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”-Italy and in Alzheimer Association Bari-Italy (AAB). A six minute video on technological devices and functions of MARIO was showed, and all caregivers fulfilled a 43-item questionnaire that explored four areas: A) Acceptability, B) Functionality, C) Support devices, and D) Impact.

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KOMPAI Robotics partners with Korian Group

Published: Friday, 08 September 2017 08:01

KOMPAI Robotics partners with Korian GroupKOMPAÏ robotics is a young company created in 2017 as a spin-off from Robosoft. It aims to develop robotic solutions that help frail individuals and their caretakers, whether they are at home or in care establishments. KOMPAÏ Robotics successfully acquired the robot Kompaï’s assets from Robosoft, which include most notably: brand name, hardware, and software.

Our company is now furthering its partnership with the Korian Group, the European leader for nursing homes, for the next generation of Kompaï robots, which are specifically designed for the nursing home environment. Along with patented intelligent geo-localized mobility support and existing cognitive assistance, this new generation will be able to perform several supplement essential functions such as night monitoring and fall-detection, personal and group entertainment, as well as more specific assistance for Alzheimer’s patients.

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Prof Noel Sharkey on service robots at Galway International Arts Festival

Published: Friday, 08 September 2017 07:56

Prof Noel Sharkey on service robots at Galway International Arts Festival2

Robots making burgers, drone delivery to your door to presiding over wedding ceremonies – the role of robots is changing in today’s world! Prof Noel Sharkey brings you on a tour of service robots around the world and asks what regulations society needs in place now. Service robots date from 2011 with sales of 4.7 million in 2014 for personal & domestic use mainly in Asia & the US. The World Federation in Robotics predicts 38 million by 2018. Prof Sharkey highlights ethical & privacy issues with a focus on robot supervision for children, assistive robotics and policing robots.

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