Could Smart Robots Help Elderly People Live Independently In Their Own Homes?
Researchers say that RAS, a robot, could help people with dementia live comfortably in their houses without having to go to a care house. The Robot Activity Support System makes use of sensors to understand what the residents are doing, where they are, and whether they need any help with daily chores or activities. The sensors are embedded in the WSU smart home. It can move around the obstacles and find the residents, offer video instructions, and even lead the users to their medicines or food.
RAS combines the convenience of a mobile robot with the activity detection technology of a WSU smart home to provide assistance in the moment, as the need for help is detected.
WSU smart homes and RAS will lighten the financial burden on the healthcare systems. Most seniors prefer staying in their house rather than move to a nursing home. CASAS’s first robot incorporated in smart homes is RAS. The researchers tested the robot on activities like taking medicines, walking the dog, and watering the plants. Every time the human erred, RAS was there to help. While it offers a lot of features, the developers are working on it to make it more user-friendly.
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