My friend, Dr. Julie Albright, sent me the following National Science Foundation (NSF) study being conducted at USC entitled Socially Assistive Robots for Post Stroke Rehabilitation, utilizing robots to provide motivation and instruction.
Another NSF project, focusing on children, is: ‘Socially Assistive Robotics: An NSF Expedition in Computing’.
Here are a few more social robots to keep an eye on, as they will certainly be looking after us:
Autom – Weight Loss Coach
Jibo, Inc. – a new startup founded by Cynthia Breazeal, a pioneer of social robotics and human robot interaction
Zeno R25 – One of the most advanced social robots in the world, built by David Hanson and his company Robokind. Zeno reminds me of David in Spielberg’s movie, A.I., a child robot with the ability to love.