Saturday 18 November 2017

Robots to provide home help for elderly

Robot ‘Stevie’ with Dara O Briain at the ‘Scintillating Science’ event, held in the National Concert Hall, as part of Science Week 2017, run by Science Foundation Ireland. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Robot ‘Stevie’ with Dara O Briain at the ‘Scintillating Science’ event, held in the National Concert Hall, as part of Science Week 2017, run by Science Foundation Ireland. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Robots can already fix cars, deliver post, wait tables and build computer software, and now, thanks to an Irish research team, they'll be able to provide home help for the elderly.

A team of robotic engineers from Trinity College Dublin has invented an assisted-care robot prototype, named Stevie, and aims to have the robot market-ready by 2021.

Stevie, who cost €10,000 to make, is designed to provide social care support for the elderly and those living with a disability. It's hoped the robot will offer an alternative to 24-hour care, and will allow individuals to remain in their homes for longer.

The five-foot-tall robot can complete a number of functions, such as reminding people to take medication, turning off lights, and calling emergency services if the person has fallen. It can also hold conversations, and said: "Social interaction reduces boredom and stimulates mental activity."

Stevie was on stage with comedian Dara O Briain at 'Scintillating Science', in the National Concert Hall, as part of Science Week 2017, run by Science Foundation Ireland.

Irish Independent

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