Remote controlled robot help doctors at care homes, to give checkups to care home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
The National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh developed the technology, it uses machine learning and artificial intelligence. The research was led by Dr. Mauro Dragone from the National Robotarium along with Dr. Mario Parra Rodriguez from the University of Strathclyde.
The robot can be controlled over the internet by the doctors to interact with the residents at Blackwood Homes and Care in Scotland. The robot moves around the room or between rooms, being the eyes of the Clinicians. While the arms and hands of the robots are able to perform more complex assessments.
The remote control robot can also operate semi-autonomously 24/7. The researchers will use Toyota’s Human Support Robot, along with the commercially available telepresence robots.
According to the developers, the robot will help patients with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments by providing regular monitoring and health assessments.
According to Dr. Dragone, “With gaps between assessments lengthening, the care and support that is being prescribed to assist vulnerable people may become unsuitable as an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities change over time.”
He further mentioned the prototype robot will be able to carry out “a thorough, non-intrusive assessment” and the carers will be able “to spot cognitive decline more quickly.” Making it possible to assess patients leaving home or the clinician leaving their office’.
According to Colin Foskett, head of innovation at Blackwood Homes and Care, “Blackwood is always looking for solutions that help our customers to live more independently whilst promoting choice and control for the individual.”
He said, robotics has “the potential to improve independent living” and that the research will “aid independent living and improve outcomes for our customers.”
The National Robotarium is funded by both the UK and Scottish Governments.