Robots in Health Care & Hospitals
Social robots are changing our health services. They provide comfort, care, and relief from loneliness.
Social robotic applications are now available in hospitals, care homes for the elderly and hospices.
Pepper is the first robot in the world to be used to greet people in a medical setting.
Pioneered at the AZ Damiaan hospital in Ostend (Belgium), Pepper accompanies visitors to their department and works as a support tool in the paediatric and geriatric departments.
In early 2017, it was announced that researchers at the University of Bedfordshire and Middlesex University had joined forces to customise Pepper robots for use in elderly care applications such as care homes, with a two million pound research and development budget at their disposal.
Nao is another line of smaller robots that has already been deployed in some 300 hospitals, retirement homes and care homes around the world. Social robots are making a real difference in elderly care, engaging with people suffering from dementia and keeping them active.
With typically 12 hours’ activity per charge, a robot can be active for a full working day, and can be recharged overnight. Having a dedicated charging area for your robots is a simple way to keep them secure and ready to go at the start of every morning.