29 Feb '16, 11am

Singapore turns to robots to get seniors moving:

RoboCoach was deployed to its first senior activity center earlier this month, with plans for it to be in 25 venues by the end of the year. The robot was developed by the Electrical Engineering department of Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore, and has "a rosy red face, blue eyes and two teeth, and mimics human movements," according to its creators. One screen on the robot's head acts as a smiling face, offering encouragement and support, while another on its chest displays detailed instructions on how to perform each activity. The technology is part of Singapore's Smart Nation scheme, which aims to harness technology to improve communication, efficiency and infrastructure in the city. One stated goal of the scheme is to "enable the elderly to lead more independent, fulfilling lives" through technology. Aging Asian societies Singapore is Asia's third most rapidly aging popul...

Full article: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/20/asia/singapore-aging-ro...

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