Robots are increasingly used in various areas, including industry, transportation, research, medicine, caregiving, etc. However, in recent years, automation has smoothly incorporated itself into medicine to Advance Nork Age Home inhabitants’ medical research and surgical operations. Furthermore, the Robot has shown promising outcomes when used to aid in treatment and rehabilitation.
Many healthcare providers are already using companion robots in medical fields to aid in the recovery of patients and the care of the elderly or physically/mentally challenged people.
The existing emotional-support robots that are created as a toy are lacking one thing- lack of communication. Due to the lack of communication, users tend to lose interest in robots eventually. On the other hand, companion robots give promising results to establish an emotional connection with their users.
Expper Technologies, an Armenian start-up, has devoted countless hours and skills to create Robin, an interactive companion robot for children and elders. Robin was developed in 2018 by Expper Technologies, an Armenia-based company with the use of AI-based patent-pending technology.
“To improve the patient’s experience, engage youths, and encourage dialogue, we form peer-to-peer emotional relationships. Robin scans facial expressions and recalls conversation context,”
the company revealed.
It's very important to brush teeth at least twice a day in order not to have cavities. This is what I advise to my friends when they visit me😊#robintherobot #emotionalcompanion pic.twitter.com/2fVxE8MEo1
— Robin the Robot (@robinrobot_) April 28, 2020
How does Robin, the Robot function
Robin, the Robot uses an omnidirectional wheel system to go about and can react naturally to events and interactions with youngsters since it has a face that displays emotions and has a range of expressions.
Robin has a front-facing camera with face-recognition technology, which analyses a child’s facial expressions, mood, age, gender, and speech to develop a comprehensive picture of a child’s emotional condition.
Based on research, Robin can recommend games or ask questions to help a child’s mood. The Robot uses an embedded memory model to recall specific facts about a patient and construct follow-up discussions based on that recollection.
A hospital can be a safe place for everyone. However, repeated intrusive operations may appear tiresomely long to an adult confined to a hospital bed. It may feel awful and interminable to a kid who cannot play with his friends or, in some cases, even parents. In such scenarios, the Robot uplifts the mood of kids.
The Robot can identify facial expressions and use the context of a discussion to create tailored, genuine interactions with a lonely kid, just like any other youngster.
Robin the Robot plays games and engages them in various other activities that distract them from their tension and discomfort.
Embedded in a sensor-rich environment, Robin continually monitors the physical and psychological well-being of older adults who live alone. Robin can react naturally to situations and interact with children to learn their interests.
Robin is a roughly 4-foot-tall robot with huge WALL-E eyes and a sleek plastic body. The Robot is huggable and has an appearance of a child-friendly animated character. It is eager to engage with pediatric patients to alleviate their fear and loneliness in the hospital.
So happy to be a part of the @UCLA
Mattel Children's Hospital team. Excited to make new friends there☺️#RobinTheRobot #emotionalcompanion pic.twitter.com/7KIF5SCTzW
— Robin the Robot (@robinrobot_) July 9, 2020
The emotional-learning technology that allows the Robot to connect genuinely with children has become crucial in the COVID-19 epidemic. Physical seclusion has become increasingly more critical for unwell children, particularly those with weakened immune systems.
Robin will be the focus of research by a multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral professionals to analyze the Robot’s influence on children and families, in addition to providing emotional support for pediatric patients.
Remotely controlled by child care professionals, the Robot will undergo adaptive learning to converse autonomously in the future.
“The opportunity to give this sort of social companionship to our young patients is appealing, especially during this epidemic,”
says Dr. Shant Shekherdimian, a pediatric surgeon and project co-leader at reputed healthcare.
Robin, the Robot for Elders
The Covid-19 problem has impacted the already vulnerable elderly population, particularly those residing in nursing homes. Loneliness and isolation have grown due to rigorous safety measures, severely harming inhabitants’ physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being.
“Our objective is to use evidence-based therapies to enhance cognitive measurements, decrease symptoms of depression, and eventually raise the quality of life for the older population,”
says Karen Khachikyan, Expper Technologies’ CEO and Founder.
“By 2050, over one-third of Armenia’s population will be over 60. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are becoming more common in Armenia. The potential impact of this study on improving the lives of the elderly is enormous.,”
Dr. Mahakian adds.
Therapies like robotic interventions may have a beneficial influence on the lives of older people suffering from neurodegenerative illnesses.
Robin, the Autonomous Care Assistant, improved the Nork Age Home inhabitants’ cognitive performance and psychological well-being. We are already seeing enhanced mental capacities, decreased depressive symptoms, improved sleep problems, and a higher quality of life for the elderly by implementing evidence-based interventions, he added further.
Robin, the Robot, assists the front-line workers in various contexts by helping with in-person and virtual caregiving activities. The firm intends to change the caregiving sector by addressing the country’s rising shortfall of care providers and enhancing patient access, results, and experience at a fourfold reduced cost.
Robin, the Robot for Kids
Robin entertains children by playing interactive games, telling humorous stories and jokes, and explaining complex procedures appropriately. Robin establishes an empathic connection and acts as an actual peer via emotional dialogues.
Robin visits youngsters in the hospital regularly and makes them feel less alienated and lonely. During medical procedures, the Robot distracts youngsters, making them more comfortable and reducing their sense of pain. It can be used for operations including IV insertion, blood collection, and CT scanning.
The Robot’s body is made of fully recyclable bioplastic. It allows it to build an associative memory and intelligently react to children by replicating patterns formed from previous experiences like the child’s conversation patterns, facial expressions, and more. In other words, Robin follows up dialogues based on the unique characteristics of a specific person.
Robin is more than a toy; it’s more like a friend and a social worker. Children who stay in hospitals and have to endure extensive and often painful treatment lack appetite; some tend to be mute and apathetic, explained Khachikyan, CEO and director of Expper Technologies.
However, all youngsters who have previously connected with Robin have shown a desire to meet him again. There have been reports of better appetites and increased happiness as a result of experiences with Robin.
Artificial Intelligence has enabled Robin the Robot to potentially replace many tedious works that healthcare workers had to undertake for decades.