Researchers Develop Smart Flat Lab To Test Robots For Assisted Living
The Heriot-Watt University researchers have built a smart flat laboratory that will help them test smart robots and new technologies. The main aim of the robots is to help the elderly and other vulnerable people in the society with disabilities. The flat lab is filled with sensors, robots, and other smart technologies.
It is to be the world’s remote and first open access lab to research solutions that serves Ambient Assisted Living (OpenAAL).
The researchers have been working on AI, IoT, smart sensors, robotics, wearable devices, and many other technologies that can help in meeting challenges, such as temperature control, online shopping, video communication, monitoring medicine intake, signs of illnesses, etc.
Pepper, the name of one of the robots native to the lab, has been designed to perform simple tasks, such as making phone calls, identifying missing items in the kitchen, and giving instructions on aerobics. With the pandemic affecting the old age community, these robots have acted as saviors by allowing them to avoid loneliness and depression. The project is specifically aimed at assisted living for elders and people with disabilities.
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