Robot is be­ing de­vel­oped to help el­derly

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A robot that helps the el­derly de­tect in­trud­ers, gas leaks and other dan­gers is ex­pected to be on the mar­ket by year’s end, ac­cord­ing to its de­vel­oper.

Zhou Fengyu, di­rec­tor of Shan­dong Univer­sity’s Cloud In­tel­li­gent Robotics Lab­o­ra­tory, said the ser­vice robot, dubbed Da Zhi or “smart”, is the prod­uct of three years of work from Zhou and a team of 20 at the univer­sity.

It has vis­ual and au­di­tory sen­sors, uti­lizes facial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy and can also de­tect odors — as well as be­ing able to learn and share via a cloud com­put­ing plat­form.

If it iden­ti­fies a per­son as a stranger, the robot will send a photo of the po­ten­tial in­truder to its owner. It also can de­tect its owner’s trips and falls, and will send pho­tos or videos of the in­ci­dent to an emer­gency con­tact.

“The var­i­ous sen­sors in­stalled on the robot en­able it to mea­sure tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity, de­tect gas if there’s a leak, and avoid ob­sta­cles so that it can move smoothly around the house,” Zhou said.

With a rec­om­mended re­tail price es­ti­mated to be be­low $1,496, it should be af­ford­able for many fam­i­lies, he said.

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