Robotics Solution For Healthcare?

Gear and Gadgets August 22, 2016

As you are well aware, in quite a number of countries around the world, there is a growing focus on finding the best solutions for providing health care services. One such solution may turn out to be in the form of what is being called a Social Robot.

This Social Robot is the creation of a Luxemburg based company by the name of LuxAI. Note that LuxAI was founded at the conclusion of a research project at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust at the University of Luxemburg. For the record, LuxAI is set up around a core business model of the design and construction of these Social Robots.

According to LuxAI, these Social Robots can and will be used in both the educational as well as the health care fields. Essentially, these Social Robots are engineered to support the work of trainers and therapists with their patients. Get this: these Social Robots are configured such that their desired functions can be programmed to fit specific needs. For example, the Social Robot could be programmed to assist therapists in their work with stroke patients delivering rehabilitation exercises. Or, in another use, the Social Robot can be programmed to assist teachers with new students learning vocabulary.

The most exciting feature of the Social Robot is the built in artificial intelligence engine. Note that the “AI” in the LuxAI company name stands for artificial intelligence. The CEO of LuxAI was quoted as saying: “Robots that are supposed to interact with humans have to process a great deal of information very quickly and adapt their behaviors according to the interaction. We have already run the prototype through practical tests. It received excellent scores for its social expressiveness, emotionality and ease of use.”

Another feature that makes the Social Robot such a ground breaking new application of robotics and artificial intelligence is the new Robot Agent Programming Language which Dr. Pouyand Ziafati, co-founder of LuxAI developed for his doctorate and later adapted to the needs for these so-called Social Robots. Ziafati puts it this way: “…practictioners who want to teach a robot how to train stroke patients can’t learn their way into it. They need an interface by which they can program the robot intuitively and naturally.

Can you even begin to imagine the possibilities of such an innovative product as the Social Robot? Don’t be surprised to see many more such products in the near future.


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