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Could Robots Help Older People Look After Themselves

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March 31, 2010



University of the West of England (UWE) researchers are participating in An Integrated Intelligent Home Environment for the Provision of Health, Nutrition, and Mobility Services to the Elderly (MOBISERV), a European project aimed at developing an intelligent system comprised of a robot and smart sensors that can support independent living for the elderly.

MOBISERV features a multi-disciplinary team that will examine the needs of older adults and the potential for technology to meet them. The system will consist of a wearable health status monitor made up of smart sensors, a secure tele-alarm and health reporting system, and a nutrition support system. All of the systems will be linked to a robotic platform.

"We are very excited about this project," says UWE's Praminda Caleb-Solly. "We are working with some of Europe's leading robotic and wearable sensor companies in this field, to ensure that the technology being developed enhances the lives of older adults and gives them the ability to make informed lifestyle choices."

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