Robosoft Kompai , invented and manufactured in France, functions as an elderly robo-caregiver: navigating autonomously for its patients, equipped with artificial intelligence for speech recognition features, keeping track of shopping lists, even functioning as your personal assistant to remind you of your meetings, and your instant musical DJ to sweep you out of your blues. Kompai is perpetually Internet-connected, which can give you a myriad of information with careless flicks and clicks on its LED digital touchscreen, and even keep you in-the-know with its video-conferencing system to keep you in touch with your business partners and clients.
Introduced recently at the 2010 Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference in New Orleans, Robosoft CEO Vincent Dupourqué said that the domestic robots market for dependent persons, whether they be elderly, handicapped or autistic, is one of their top priorities. “Kompaï is the culmination of several years of research with scientific and medical partners. This first generation is intended for developers who would like to implement their own robotics applications for assistance”.
Roboaid.com reports that while Kompaï 's primary means of communication is speech, its next-generation versions will be equipped with visual abilities, and also possibly abilities to interpret and express emotions, plus, with additional arms, it can perform more practical functions such as handling objects, meal preparations , tidying, and even giving Grandpa and Grandma its "cold-yet-full-of-warmth" bearhugs.
For the medical world, enter Virtobot: currently being used at the University of Bern’s Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Botropolis.com reports: virtual autopsy done by Virto-Bot is autopsy without making any cut on the corpse -- autopsy is done via digital scan, as the entire body is virtually visible on a screen, and every scanned body part shows up on the screen, the bones, the tissue, the fat, and especially the problem. "If new evidence in a court suggests that a corpse was shot instead of stabbed, the Virtobot can scan the body and find the bullet very easily, all without even touching the cold, swollen tissue of the deceased victim. So to sum it up, Virtobot makes the autopsy process so much easier and accurate."
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Meantime , check out Singularity Hub's review of the best in the world of robotics in 2009 -- http://singularityhub.com/2009/12/22/a-review-of-the-best-robots-of-2009/ -- and still, its review of the best robots of 2008.