Senior Care Robot Deserves a Hug
It would be difficult to keep yourself from hugging this helpful robot named Hector. He was designed by Smart Homes, a company based in Netherlands, for CompanionAble, a program that uses technology to help senior citizens live independently.
Hector is an in-home caregiver for elderly people who have mild cognitive impairment. It provides reminders for everyday tasks, like taking medications, calling people back and storing grocery lists. For individuals experiencing occasional memory loss, it’s no doubt useful to have Hector collect wallet and keys. Hector can even detect falls and respond to verbal commands. He’s like a walking, talking smartphone, with a much larger touch screen and smarter “brain.”
A series of live-in tests were conducted to see how Hector would interact with the people he cares for. Although, there’s still more work to be done on Hector before he’s released to the public, Robots.net reports that all test subjects thought Hector was helpful and those that were frightened of the bot at first eventually came around. (Note: There have been many other bots that are much scarier-looking — although not for caregiving — but one, in fact, was also named HECTOR.)
Hector has been making waves since the first iteration four years ago. Last December, Hector was selected to meet the EU president at the European Innovation Convention in Brussels, and was later awarded 7.8 million euros from the EU Seventh Framework Program, according to Forbes.
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