Let us prepare ourselves for the fact that when we are elderly, instead of a carer we may have a robot like IBM Mera next to us that will take care of us
IBM, in collaboration with Rice University, is developing a series of sensors that could one day be integrated with a robot that can help the elderly: IBM Mera.Susanne Keohane – from IBM Research – said that the project aimed at the care of those who, in aging, needed to preserve not only their independence, but even more their health: Asking an aged eighty-year-old to wear an Apple Watch means to impose on him to become familiar with a system that does not belong to his world and that is rarely suitable for anyone of his peers. , so that it can be exploited on a daily basis. IBM sought to develop sensors capable of detecting movements, distinguishing odors and determining sounds, all indicators of a possible risk situation for the elderly who live alone.MIBM MERA (Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant), the prototype of a robot for the elderly, has its headquarters in an Austin laboratory , Texas. MERA's sensors are capable of identify if the hobs of a hob are on is if a person has fallen to the ground. Already in the prototype phase, IBM MERA is supplied cameras that can read facial expressions, picking up vital signs and recognizing natural language through Watson.MERA not yet available for the consumer market, Keohane said that research and developments will take a long time before reaching a finished product and for this purpose data collection will be of vital importance. According to Keohane in a country like the Japan, in which the rise of the media is causing social concerns, such a robot could be welcomed with enthusiasm.