Baby Boomers will need robots

University of MassachusettsFrom LiveScience Robot Dials 9-1-1 By Dave Mosher, LiveScience Staff Writer posted: 16 April 2008 ET click to read more.     The U.S. medical system faces an imminent crisis as baby boomers age into retirement, but an army of little helper robots might soften the blow.     Researchers designed a two-wheeled robot, known as uBOT-5, with two arms capable of picking up small objects, using a stethoscope and even dialing 9-1-1. Sensors near its video-screen head can also figure out if someone has fallen.     “For the first time, robots are safe enough and inexpensive enough to do meaningful work in a residential environment,” said Rod Grupen, a computer scientist at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst.     Grupen helped develop uBOT-5 in response to the growing crisis faced by the U.S. medical system as almost 78 million baby boomers begin joining the 65-and-older crowd during the next three decades.

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One Response to “Baby Boomers will need robots”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    cool

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