Robot Caregiver

Charlie Kemp, Assistant Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, talks about his prototype health care robot.

Despite advances in computers, batteries, sensors, and other technologies, from the end-user point-of-view, robotics doesn’t seem to be advancing very much over the last few decades.  The only household robot (depending, of course, on how one defines the term) that comes to mind as having entered the mainstream is the Roomba vacuum cleaner.  I own one.  It does a decent job, but it seems like the kind of thing that could have been built in the early 1980s.  I suspect that “major” advances in robotics at the research and engineering levels only translate into trivial advances at the consumer level.

I doubt too many home health workers need fear being automated out of their jobs any time soon.


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