Robot and sensor system for seniors

GiraffPlus is an integrated sensor and robot system aimed at keeping seniors healthy and independent in their own homes.  It is being developed by a consortium of European universities.

The robot uses a Skype-like interface to allow caregivers to virtually visit seniors.

Sensors on the ceiling, doors, and under the mattress help the system understand where the person is inside the house, whether he/she has fallen, and how much time is spent sleeping.  Glucometers, blood pressure cuffs, and other medical devices can interface with GiraffPlus for seamless data relay to a doctor. The physician can then communicate with the patient through the robot.

Caregivers of seniors already employ many of these tools.  This comprehensive system makes the process much more efficient, personalized, and perhaps effective.