Robot is being developed to help elderly
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.