Mixed Results Thus Far For Companion Robots

Published by , August 13, 2018 1:07 pm

(TimesOfIsrael) Ambitious robot-makers are launching life-like robots into the market — albeit with mixed results so far. Hopes for social robots keep outpacing reality. “I think we’re going to start seeing some come to market this year,” said Vic Singh, a founding general partner of Eniac Ventures, which has invested in several robotics startups. But they’ll be limited to very specific uses, he warned.
The key for companion robots, experts say, is to strike the right balance between usefulness and personality. (Affordability also seems pretty important.) Though there’s plenty of disagreement over what makes the proper balance. Many researchers predict social robots hold great promise in helping an aging population. Such robots could remind seniors to take medicine, prompt them to get up and move or visit others, and help them stay in better touch with extended family and friends.

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