The humanoid robot “Garmi” is white in color and resembles a typical robot in appearance. It stands on a platform with wheels and has a black screen on which two blue circles serve as its eyes.
Guenter Steinebach, a retired doctor from Germany, said, “For me, this robot is a dream.”
Patients can receive care and treatment from Garmi in addition to diagnostic procedures. That is the plan, at least.
The geriatronics field, which uses cutting-edge technologies like robotics, IT, and 3D technology for geriatrics, gerontology, and nursing, is the source of Garmi.
At the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, a group of about a dozen scientists created Garmi with the assistance of physicians like Steinebach.
The institute, which is a part of the Technical University of Munich, has its geriatronics unit based in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort with one of the highest proportions of elderly people in Germany.
The most populous nation in Europe is also one of the oldest societies in the world.
With the growing need for care and an anticipated 670,000 unfilled carer positions in Germany by 2050.
Researchers are working quickly to develop robots that can perform some of the duties currently performed by nurses, caregivers, and doctors.
“We have ATMs where we can get cash today. We can imagine that one day, based on the same model, people can come to get their medical examination in a kind of technology hub,” said Abdeldjallil Naceri, 43, the lead scientist of the lab.
The results of the robot’s diagnostics could then be evaluated by doctors remotely, which could be especially helpful for residents of remote communities.
In addition, the device could provide a more individualized service at home or in a nursing home, such as preparing meals, opening bottles of water, calling for assistance in case of a fall, or setting up a video call with loved ones.
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