According to reports, Technology sector giant International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM in collaboration with Rice University is developing a series of sensors that can in the future live inside a robot interface to help senior citizens stay safe.
Senior scientist at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Research, Susanne Keohane, said that the project addresses an increasing requirement for technology that helps elderly populations preserve both their freedom and their overall fitness, while also evading disturbance in their daily lives.
Meanwhile she said that technology must be solely instinctive for senior citizens to utilize it on a regular basis. As designers say, it must be “frictionless.” IBM has tried to attain that goal by developing sensors that perceive fluctuations in motion, scent, and audio, all of which could specify a possibly hazardous situation for elders living at their own.
The sample robot for this project is the IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA), which the firm has been testing at its “Aging in Place” lab based in Austin, Texas. The lab was designed to impressionist experiences older people have in their own home.
These sensors have ability to spot when the stove’s burners are on, or when a person has fallen down. Even in its testing stage, MERA is fortified with cameras to read facial expressions, sensors to capture vital signs, and Watson-powered speech recognition to find out when to call for help.
The robot MERA isn’t yet made available to customer at the moment. Keohane described the firm still has a plenty of work to do before it starts rolling out to the market.
“In the near-term, it would be more of the ambient sensors in the home starting to gather all of this data,” Keohane says. Then a robot could come in and download those batches of data to “learn” about its resident.
Furthermore Keohane said a country like Japan, where aging has become a national issue, will be the first to adopt such machines.