'World's first' multi-user healthcare robot being developed in Scotland

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National Robatariums proclaimed its first research project open at the university campus in the following year 2021 which will flourish the objective of "Socially assistive robots (SARs)".The SPRING which stands for Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare, is a project at Herriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, which is the embody of a multimillion-pound collaboration constituting a team of 8 European and Asian Institutions.

The research will nourish the technology to make the robots interact with multiple people and have social conversation in the province of healthcare, for the first time, by working with existing robots such as iCub. "Using the robots carefully we can have a positive impact on the health by decreasing stress, loneliness and dealing with the mood and sociability" as said by professor Oliver Lemon at the university. For instance, the healthcare practitioners will get helped by the social robots in making understand the complex concepts to the patients with constrained medical knowledge.

As we know mental health is also one of the major necessary factors for recovering soon. Lemon expressed the importance of such robots, as bonding with these robots will be long term benefits in connecting people with each other. It could improve the psychological relations between the patients and hospital staff. The research claims it will put light on elderly patients by combining scientific findings and technological developments. It will help the robot make out understand various individual and age-group scenarios to make a dot to dot decisions. Like, Recognizing the patients who have been waiting lonely for a long time or one who might get anxious.

While overcoming the recent limitation of current social robots raises various scientific and technological confronts, it has chances to build up massive social impact and economic value, says Lemon. This technology is touch-free and hands-free so it will induce greatness in reducing the risk of spread of infection. The National Robatariums is putting light on building up such societal benefits and ready to face such challenges.

In the recent pandemic of Corona Virus, when the government asked to restrict the movement out of the homes to control the spread of this deadly virus, the Belgian robotics lent a posse of robots to the elderly homes to make the residents keep in contact with the loved ones, as the visitors were not allowed.

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