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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.