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Lifelike robotic pets used to help isolated seniors avoid loneliness

lifelike robotic pets used to help isolated seniors avoid loneliness

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For some, limiting the spread of coronavirus has meant long periods of isolation. And for older adults — who are among the most vulnerable to the illness — that social distancing has come at a particular cost.

The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases reported and more than 163,000 deaths. With visits to nursing homes still restricted in several states, some agencies for the elderly are implementing creative ways to fight the loneliness resulting from a lack of social contact.

“Pretty,” was the word an Alabama senior used to describe the lifelike robotic companion pet she received from a new pilot project administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It was the first word she had said in a long time, according to department Commissioner Jean Brown.

The Alabama agency, along with several other state agencies managing programs for seniors in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, have partnered with robotic pet manufacturer Ageless Innovation to combat loneliness and provide comfort and companionship for isolated seniors.

With insight into the growing epidemic of loneliness and need for interactive play amongst older adults, the company developed their line of Joy for All Companion Pets  …

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Robotic pets are helping seniors avoid loneliness

robotic pets are helping seniors avoid loneliness

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The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases reported and more than 163,000 deaths. With visits to nursing homes still restricted in several states, some agencies for the elderly are implementing creative ways to fight the loneliness resulting from a lack of social contact.”Pretty,” was the word an Alabama senior used to describe the lifelike robotic companion pet she received from a new pilot project administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It was the first word she had said in a long time, according to department Commissioner Jean Brown. The Alabama agency, along with several other state agencies managing programs for seniors in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, have partnered with robotic pet manufacturer Ageless Innovation to combat loneliness and provide comfort and companionship for isolated seniors. With insight into the growing epidemic of loneliness and need for interactive play amongst older adults, the company developed their line of Joy for All Companion Pets to feel, look and sound like real pets, Ageless Innovation’s CEO Ted Fischer told CNN. “We have technology inside that product that allows you to respond to touch and sound and light in different ways. …

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Robot Barista Makes Coffee Drinks at Robo Esso

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Imagine a future in which a disembodied metallic arm pulls your espresso shot, steams the milk, pours in just the right amount of vanilla syrup and hands you a perfect latte. That future is now.In 2017, Matthew Jones and his wife, Gina, opened Buffawhale Coffee in Black Hawk. But the challenges they faced in operating the business — namely employee turnover and the high rent — led them to sell the coffee shop last November. So Jones turned to an idea that would solve both problems: automation.Robo Esso is the result of Jones’s pursuit of the creation of a robot barista. “I thought, if I don’t automate, I’m going to watch my competitors automate — so I started to study and learn,” he explains. Jones was already roasting all the coffee beans at Buffawhale but had no experience in robotics.

The Universal Robot UR5E gets barista training in the Robo Esso lab.
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“Once COVID hit, the wholesale business just stopped immediately, because the hotels and restaurants we worked with closed,” Jones explains. “That’s when my time went all-in directly on the robot.” What started as a “one-day” idea suddenly had some immediacy as a viable business model. …

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Opinion: Robots are proving themselves now more than ever

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Opinion: Robots are proving themselves now more than ever

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Japanese government to develop common standards for robots in workplaces

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Japanese government to develop common standards for robots in workplaces

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Beyond The Concept: The Role Robotics Plays in the Future of Manufacturing | MarketScale

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Promoted Content It may not be Rosie from the Jetsons, but robots are certainly here to stay in American life. It just turns out robots are a lot better at manufacturing than they are around the house.Advances in robotics in recent years are changing the manufacturing industry, said Eric Potter, Director of Engineering at FANUC America.“When you look at the technology of vision and tactical feedback with force sensors or torque sensors and machine learning and things like that to start out, being able to apply those technologies in a way that helps manufacturing is a pretty big movement that’s going on right now,” Potter said. “Allowing the machines to see and to feel and to learn from previous cycles is really making robotics and automation a lot more capable and easier to use than in the previous days.”One of the big keys is collaborative robots like FANUC’s all-new CRX series. With robots like the ones produced by FANUC, integrating robots no longer requires an enormous overhaul of a workspace, as solutions are able to work alongside their human counterparts safely for a more efficient and profitable result, said Evan Gonnerman, Controls Engineer at Concept …

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The Robots Are Here to Stay: How Automation is Affecting Global Business

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The Robots Are Here to Stay: How Automation is Affecting Global Business

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Robots Everywhere: Robots and the animal kingdom

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Welcome to another edition of Robots Everywhere, a show where we chronicle the slow but steady takeover of our future robot overlords, and show how they’re making their way into practically every facet of modern life. On this episode, we take a look at robots modeled after the animal kingdom, from machines that mimic the look and feel of our companion pets, to the robots that are inspired by specific parts of animals.The German company Festo is a leading creator of robots that are inspired by specific parts of animals. For example, the company’s “bionic handling assistant” is a robot arm modeled after an elephant’s trunk, which gets rid of the hard, elbow-style joints you see on most other robotic arms. This gives a far greater range of flexibility and dexterity than most other gripping robot arms. In fact, it worked so well, the company also styled a robot arm that used suction cups much like an octopus arm to create a soft tentacle to grip objects. And the FlexShapeGripper mimics the grabbing action of a chameleon’s tongue, which can grab a huge range of objects, regardless of how they’re shaped.Moving into robots …

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