Robots Aid­ing in El­der­care and Beyond

The word “ro­bot” was orig­i­nally cre­ated by Czech sci­ence fic­tion writer Karel Čapek, who en­vi­sioned ar­ti­fi­cial peo­ple some­day work­ing along­side real peo­ple.

The Suit - - Contents - By peter su­ciu

The word “ro­bot” was orig­i­nally cre­ated by Czech sci­ence fic­tion writer Karel Čapek, who en­vi­sioned ar­ti­fi­cial peo­ple some­day work­ing along­side real peo­ple. To­day, how­ever, “ro­bot” is a univer­sal term for both phys­i­cal ma­chines and also for soft­ware. Although they have the po­ten­tial to aid real peo­ple, one stick­ing point has been hu­man-ro­bot in­ter­ac­tion and hu­man trust. Gep­petto Avatars is a company that is pi­o­neer­ing ef­forts in this field.

Nor­rie J. Daroga, CEO of Gep­petto Avatars, Inc., cred­ited the company’s tech­nol­ogy as a way for peo­ple to have mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tions and con­ver­sa­tions with ma­chines that could im­prove their lives. Although this tech­nol­ogy, first de­vel­oped at Gep­petto Labs and later as­sisted by Avatar Ven­tures, Inc., the com­bi­na­tion of which formed Gep­petto Avatars, could have po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tions in ed­u­ca­tion, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and even in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, right now the company is fo­cus­ing on the world of health care.

“There are a num­ber of sit­u­a­tions where the avatar is able to have a con­ver­sa­tion and ob­serve your be­hav­ior, or lis­ten to your con­cerns when a doc­tor or a nurse is not avail­able,” Daroga told The Suit Mag­a­zine. “The typ­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion (could be) pa­tient en­gage­ment, where you want to know in­for­ma­tion about a par­tic­u­lar drug, or (when) you are con­cerned about some­thing you ob­serve on your body and want to see a doc­tor.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion is far more in­ter­ac­tive than a mere on­line form or ques­tion­naire by pro­vid­ing a graph­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a helper – an avatar – that could go

Nor­rie J. Daroga, CEO and Co-Founder

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