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Researchers design a robot to help care for the elderly

Saturday, December 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bill Munger
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A MERA PROTOTYPE GETS ROLLING. (PHOTO BY JACK PLUNKETT/FEATURE PHOTO SERVICE FOR IBM)

 

Elderly individuals and their caregivers could one day get a helping hand from a friendly robot. Researchers at Rice University and IBM announced this morning that they’re working on an in-home assistant for the elderly — dubbed MERA, or the Multi-purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant. The device will keep tabs on an individual’s heart rate and respiration using a technology called CameraVitals, which measures vital signs by recording a quick video of a patient’s face. The system is also designed to detect if someone has fallen and can automatically call a caregiver or 911. People using the device can also fire off health-related questions, like what the signs of a heart attack are. Those messages can be shared with caregivers or health care providers looking to keep an eye on patients who want to stay living at home. The device — which will be powered by Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence and analytical software — is currently being tested in the lab. 

From STAT - link here


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