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 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