Meet the future of robotic healthcare
Robot assistants are more commonly found in sci-fi movies than reality. Apart from robotic vacuums, Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa, it is likely that you haven’t interacted with a robotic assistant.
That being said, there is a robot assistant know as Zora that is helping children and elderly patients in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and care homes.
Zora, a robot designed by Zora Robotics, is a personal medical caregiving robot. This means that the robot works to help those who need medical or rehabilitation assistance.
At the first mention of a robotic medical helper, your first instinct may be to run away screaming; however, the robot itself is designed to be extremely cute, friendly, and helpful.
The robot is programmed to perform interactive therapeutic exercise and can be programmed to encourage the patient to move in a rehabilitative exercise context.
In addition, the robot can entertain children and adults alike with interactive, educational games while the patient waits for the doctor.
Unlike human caregivers, Zora never tires of helping and motivation the patient to remain optimistic and improve. That being said, a robot will likely never be able to replace the human touch of an actual caregiver.
The robot is able to sense and respond to its surroundings and interactions via a variety of sensors in its head, hands, and feet. Zora also has four directable microphones and speakers that enable the robot to listen and speak.
Two high-resolution cameras also aid in the robot’s maneuvering.
Currently, Zora robots are used in over 300 healthcare facilities throughout the world. The robots are far from cheap and start at $9,500; however, this is a small price to pay for a positive rehabilitation experience and recovery.
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