For those of you who walk around with a raised eyebrow when people start talking about the upcoming robot revolution, probably don’t want to hear this, but the robots – they are coming to your home. More accurately to your grandmother’s home.
By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. And, we are living longer. Some sources say that we can expect an increase in life expectancy at birth by 2050 will go from 86 years for males and 92 years for females.
So the CompanionAble Project created a robot called Hector. Think of it as robotic assistance for the elderly. The project integrates a mobile assistive robot (Hector) that can work collaboratively with a smart home and remote control center to better support older people living at home. The four year project, in the final stages of field trials in Holland and Belgium with elderly people, was awarded 7.8 million euros under the EU Seventh Framework Program. The team is lead by Professor Atta Badii of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Reading in the UK and has 19 specialists working on Hector. Nineteen people, four years, 7.8 million.