Thursday, June 06, 2013

Healthcare robots

Yesterday I attended a talk by our new post-doc, Osamu Sugiyama. He's worked with the tiny Robovie MR-2 at ATR:

The robot could be used as a healthcare robot, he said. For example, when patients visit the doctor, explanations can get long and complicated. A bit embarrassed, patients just nod and pretend to understand instead of asking questions. So he proposed a healthcare robot that patients would be comfortable asking many questions to.

Also, even if the patient understood instructions at the doctor's office, they could forget once at home. A healthcare robot could remind them to make sure that they continue to follow doctor's orders.

1 comment:

Kate said...

I didn't know you were blogging again! Keep it up :)