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Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults

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GTIbot records all the activities performed by the user and stores them for possible follow-up by the caregiver. It also incorporates a camera and a set of sensors that measure everything from humidity and temperature levels to CO2 and total volatile orga


GTIbot, a small desktop robot developed by researchers at Spain's Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), can be used to monitor older adults' physical and mental well-being and even recommend exercises.

The microrobot is equipped with a camera that can detect the user's emotions, along with sensors that measure humidity, temperature, CO2 levels, and total volatile organic compounds.

Caregivers are informed if GTIbot detects levels deemed hazardous to a person's health. It also records and stores the user's activities for caregiver follow-up.

Said UPV's Jaime A. Rincón, "The interaction is mainly voice-driven regarding requests and the responses it generates. It also incorporates a small touch screen, which allows the audio responses generated by the assistant to be reinforced."

Among other things, GTIbot can communicate with exercise wristbands, heart rate monitors, and other wearable devices, and can send the user's ECG readings to caregivers and physicians.

From Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
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