The aim is to increase understanding of how disability is currently represented and the ways in which technology can enhance lives in the future, the university said in a statement

Scientists are developing robots to help reduce anxiety among children and allow families to ‘visit’ their elderly relatives, as part of a research project to create the next generation of assistive technologies. The project, at University of Sheffield in the UK will for the first time bring together expertise in arts, humanities, engineering and robotics to create assistive technologies for people with disabilities. 

The aim is to increase understanding of how disability is currently represented and the ways in which technology can enhance lives in the future, the university said in a statement. 

An important focus of the research will be on animal-like companion robots that could operate to reduce anxiety in children in a hospital setting. They allow relatives and social workers to ‘visit’ elderly people more often, even if they live in rural or distant places. The elderly patient does not need to operate the device, leaving them free to interact with their social worker or family. 


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