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Providing Robotic Carers and Smart Systems For the Elderly

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A senior with a robotic companion.

The Mobiserv automated carer project will provide seniors with a robot companion, wearable smart clothes, and a smart home environment.

Credit: The Courier-Mail

European researchers continue to improve and fine-tune an automated carer system for the elderly to make it useful, acceptable, and fun to use.

Launched in December 2009, the Mobiserv project consists of a robot companion, wearable smart clothes, and a smart home environment.

The robot is designed to serve as a social carer that can remind older adults to eat, drink, take medicines, exercise, and do certain activities, such as call or visit someone if they have not communicated with anyone else for a while.

The smart clothes can monitor vital signs or sleeping patterns, and detect falls.

The smart home environment uses smart sensors, optical recognition units, and home automation elements to detect eating and drinking patterns, activity patterns, and dangerous situations, among other things.

The researchers have scheduled extensive user-evaluation studies for April through June, and they plan to present and demonstrate the project and its companion robot at several events in Europe from June to August.

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