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KL100 - - Country Watch -

With its uni­form pub­lic health sec­tor pro­vid­ing the ideal set­ting for ex­per­i­ments, Den­mark has carved out a niche in the adap­ta­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion of ro­bot tech­nol­ogy for treat­ment and care ser­vices.

In­spired by a unique point of de­par­ture; a pub­lic health sys­tem with clear hor­i­zon­tal struc­ture and a pop­u­la­tion that sup­ports it, the small niche of ro­bots in the Health­care and wel­fare sec­tor has flour­ished in Den­mark.

On the Is­land of Funen, the City of Odense has emerged as a vi­brant clus­ter within the field for ro­bot and wel­fare tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the in­no­va­tion net­work RoboClus­ter, the wel­fare tech­nol­ogy busi­ness part­ner­ship Wel­fare Tech, the Health In­no­va­tion Cen­tre of South­ern Den­mark and the Univer­sity of South­ern Den­mark.

One Dan­ish com­pany to emerge from the Odense clus­ter and gain a foothold in the global mar­ket is Univer­sal Ro­bots. With a close re­la­tion to the re­searchers and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem the Univer­sity of South­ern Den­mark is test­ing the lat­est in ro­bot adap­tion from Univer­sal Ro­bots.

Stand­ing about one me­tre tall on four wheels in­stead of two legs and equipped with a ro­bot arm from Univer­sal Ro­bots, the face­less Care-O-bot, from the Ger­man com­pany Fraun­hofer is one of the world’s most ad­vanced ser­vice ro­bots. The ser­vice ro­bot will be able to ful­fil re­quests to fetch var­i­ous ob­jects, such as a glass of wa­ter or food, while also as­sist­ing with tasks like get­ting out of bed. The Care-O-bot will also play a role in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Ro­bot is pro­duced by the Ger­man com­pany Fraun­hofer and is equipped with a ro­bot arm from Univer­sal Ro­bots.

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