What: A robotic servant that can help the elderly live more-independent lives
Why: About 85 percent of people over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic health condition.
Wow: Lightly tapping force and pressure sensors in Twendy-One's chest tells the robot to back off.
Twendy-One, the bedside nurse-bot, has soft fingertips nimble enough to delicately grip a drinking straw and arms with the strength to lift an adult out of bed. The machine is designed to help Japan's growing population of frail and elderly continue to live in their own homes. Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo say Twendy-One can clean floors, carry patients, and even bring them breakfast in bed. The next task is refining the software and mechanics to allow it to safely respond to commands to do things like fetch medication or refreshments. But start saving now: Scientists expect Twendy-One to go on sale within a decade for about $200,000.
So much for the huge demand for nurses. Looks like nurses will soon be getting the GM treatment, with workers being replaced with robots.
How is this news? Videos of this robot are on youtube since 2007
This is a good start at determining what we would like robots to do for us in the future. We can evaluate what they are actually good at and when we are comfortable letting a robot help us safely.