This is not the first robot that is being introduced to elderly but it’s making an impact in Singapore. Paro, a japanese seal robot, has been named the “World’s Most Therapeutic Robot”. The bear is able to recognise emotion from the interaction. The bear has become a companion to the many elderly living in Singapore’s Villa Francis Home for the Aged. It’s good to see the smiles on the faces of the people interacting with the bear.
Placing robots in the kitchen to improve productivity but does it improve the taste? What we see in the video are machines but there are many examples of how robots can be used in restaurant.
Ctrl Works, a Singapore telepresence company, has been busy getting their robot (the puppet) in action at various hospitals and homes in Singapore. This is one of the more publicised robots in Singapore from the private sector. It is indeed encouraging to see development in robotics outside of industry in Singapore. The Healthcare industry in Singapore has been exploring robotics and it’s great to see that they are now exploring the use in trials.
There certainly are many telepresence in the market now but at present it’s difficult to develop a generic platform. There’s a need to truly understand the need of the end-user to develop a suitable platform for the particular application. It’s the integration that seals the deal for implementation. It’s good that the healthcare sector in Singapore is open to such technologies and opportunities to testbed telepresence in Singapore, given the size of our island.