Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Grace robot is dressed like a nurse, has a thermal camera in her chest to take temperatures and measure responsiveness, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose patients, and can speak English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Hanson Robotics founder David Hanson said Grace resembles a healthcare professional and facilitates social interactions to ease the workload of front-line hospital staff inundated during the pandemic.
He also said Grace, whose facial features resemble a Western-Asian fusion of anime characters, can mimic the action of more than 48 major facial muscles.
A beta version of Grace is slated to be mass-produced by Awakening Health, a joint venture between Hanson Robotics and enterprise AI developer Singularity Studio, by August, according to the venture’s CEO, David Lake.
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