Robots: the new element

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Robots: the new element

Smart devices are becoming voice activated and starting to learn independently, so it’s logical that, in the future, technical assistants will be able to independently move, touch and grasp. Intelligent robots are the result of consistent development: They lend a new dimension to smartphones.

Medical and Nursing Care Tasks

Inpatient care calls for a large number of helping hands. In the future, these hands could be of a mechanical nature. Nursing care staff cover long distances as part of their duties, and heavy lifting is also a staple of their work. As a result, back pain forces many nursing personnel into early retirement. Moreover, caring for bedridden patients often requires several care providers to work in tandem. Robots in nursing homes could provide valuable assistance in this regard, as well as with other tasks – from simple inpatient care, to managing digital medical records, to providing assistance with hygiene. Patients’ level of acceptance for these assistants is increasing. Surveys have indicated that the majority of Japanese and Germans would rather receive support from robots than from humans in matters of hygiene if care were to become necessary.

Centralized, Mobile and Independently Acting Voice-activated Assistants

You can manually lower blinds – or control them electrically with a switch, which is a far more convenient option. Naturally, there is also the option to control them via smartphone or tablet. Simply push a button and the mechanics go into full swing, regardless of where you, the user, are located. At present, voice activated controls and assistants are flooding households, workplaces, and public institutions, replacing all smartphone functions as they do so. In the future, robots will be able to easily, independently carry out these functions. Moreover, they have a key advantage: They can actively, physically support their owners.

Housekeeping

Cleaning and vacuuming will soon become things of the past. Pioneering models of future generations of robots are already available, in the form of lawn-mowing and vacuum-cleaning assistants. These will rapidly further develop and eventually take over all housekeeping duties – from doing laundry, to watering flowers, to doing groceries and preparing food. These robots will also open up a whole realm of new possibilities for persons in need of care; these individuals often struggle to fulfill everyday housekeeping tasks and therefore feel they have no choice but to move into an inpatient care facility.

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