Robots help seniors in nursing home
Added On May 22, 2016
Five robots have been invited to help seniors take their pills on time.
China Report has the story from a nursing home in east Chinese city of Hangzhou.
Elderly people forget things sometimes, but robots never do.
In the Hangzhou City social welfare center in east China's Zhejiang Province, five robots remind 1,300 seniors when to take their medicine.
The robots are developed by Woosiyuan Telecom Technology Co. Ltd. and are in trial operation. The "A-Tie" robots, whose name literally means "iron," are 0.8 meters tall and weigh 15 kilograms, similar to a two- or three-year-old human. They have round bodies and heads sprouting two antennae.
SOUNDBITE: CHEN WEI, Market Manager, Woosiyuan Telecom Technology Co. Ltd.
"The robots are programmed to "remember" medication schedules for seniors and nursing home workers. They send messages to remind them when it is time to take the pills. The robots are controlled by mobile phone app or touch screens, and they can do much more than remind patients to take their medicine. They can be used to make video calls, virtual consultations, or watch television.
The company also plans to upgrade the robots to add new functions, such as performing inspections and holding conversations with people.
China has about 222 million people over 60 years old as of the end of last year, accounting for 16.1 percent of the country's total population.
The country aims to sell more than 30 billion yuan or about 4.6 billion U.S. dollars worth of service robots by 2020 amid surging demand in the health care, scientific research and domestic service sectors.