Photo: elderly man (left) and a robot (right); Copyright: Anne Guenther/FSU Jena

Robots popular with older adults


A world without robots is almost inconceivable. They take on tasks in production processes and are also being used in the service sector. For example, machines created to resemble humans are helping to care for elderly people. A study by psychologists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena suggests, that older people are less anxious and hostile regarding ‘human robots’ than previously thought.
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Photo: robot arm in use; Copyright: TOYOHASHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Virtual reality: The right thumb becomes the left arm


A research team consisting of scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology, Keio University, and The University of Tokyo has revealed that a re-association of the right thumb with the virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment; however, this re-association may be weaker than the natural association.
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Photo: Elderly man with hand tremor tries to eat some soup; Copyright: PantherMedia/weyo

Fighting hand tremors: First comes AI, then robots


Robots hold promise for a large number of people with neurological movement disorders severely affecting the quality of their lives. Now researchers have tapped artificial intelligence techniques to build an algorithmic model that will make the robots more accurate, faster, and safer when battling hand tremors.
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Photo: Lead author Shomik Jain with co-authors Kartik Mahajan and Zhonghao Shi and Kiwi; Copyright: Haotian Mai

Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn


USC researchers developed personalized learning robots for children with autism and studied whether the robots could autonomously gauge the child's engagement in long-term, in-home therapeutic interventions.
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