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How is robotics enhancing healthcare?

Thursday 26 July 2018

PIONEERING developments in healthcare robotics have been captured in a video made by the University of Salford.

With a rapidly ageing population and dementia set to affect 2 million people in the UK by 2051, new technologies could help people to live longer and more active lives.

While quality of life is key, the new technologies are also economic drivers and, as such, meet three of the four ‘Grand Challenges’ of the Government’s Industrial Strategy – AI, Ageing Population and Mobility.

The video, by Revolution Viewing, showcases a host of assistive technologies, being developed by the University of Salford, the EPSRC and the Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network.

Autonomous wheelchair

It follows the story of Ali, a fifty-something who suffers with declining health but also feels the benefits of a range of personalised technologies to support and assist her mobility, health and wellbeing.

Check out our Virtual Personal Assistant, ChefBot, our ‘soft’ exoskeleton, autonomous wheelchair and a very nifty glove!

Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani, lead at the Autonomous Systems and Robotics research group also leads on the MiiHome/Guardian Angel project with Salix Homes and the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

MiiHome is installing sensors in 200 trial homes to monitor the movements of outpatients and alert clinicians to potential welfare issues.

Robot dog

The video was originally made for the Autonomous Systems(UK-RAS) Network summit in Liverpool. It also features robot-dog  Miro (Consequential Robotics) and an Autonomous Car (University of Surrey).

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Gareth Hollyman, Senior Press & PR Officer (Science)

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