Rise of Service/Helper Robot Workforce

 Grace - Robo Nurse For Senior Care

                                    Source:  Hanson Robotics' Grace & Toyota's Gantry Robot

Toyota's Gantry Robots To Assist Elderly in the Kitchen

The global use of helper/service robots is dramatically on the rise.  According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), global sales of medical robots, before the pandemic hit, were up 28% between 2018 and 2019.  Now with the pandemic and the megatrend of telehealth and contactless care, the IFR is forecasting that the sale of medical robots will double during the next three years.  Good examples of emerging new health and elder care robots are Grace, a humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics of Hong Kong and Gantry robot from Toyota.

Grace Has Sensors, a Thermal Camera & Speaks 3 Languages

Grace is a remarkable piece of robotic technology.  She speaks three languages:  English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  She is designed to assist elderly patients and is able to socialize with them, including conducting talk therapy.  Grace contains sensors and a thermal camera to gauge a patient's temperature and pulse and shares the data with the medical team.  Hanson Robotics considers Grace a breakthrough in health care robotics and is putting her into mass production by the end of 2021.

Toyota's Gantry Robots

Meanwhile, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in California is developing a line of human assist robots to help people as they age.  Their Gantry robots, adapted from assembly line robots, hangs from the ceiling (to free up floor space) and can reach kitchen appliances and spaces easily.  It is designed to load a dishwasher and complete other kitchen tasks for elderly residents.  It too is part of the growing rise of robotic caregiving for an aging and Covid plagued world. 


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