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The white-coloured humanoid "Garmi" does not look much different from a typical robot -- it stands on a platform with wheels and is equipped with a black screen on which two blue circles acting as eyes are attached. Garmi is a product of a new sector called geriatronics, a discipline that taps advanced technologies like robotics, IT and 3D technology for geriatrics, gerontology and nursing.

March 20, 2023 / 03:57 PM IST
The white-coloured humanoid "Garmi" does not look much different from a typical robot -- it stands on a platform with wheels and is equipped with a black screen on which two blue circles acting as eyes are attached. But retired German doctor Guenter Steinebach, 78, said: "For me, this robot is a dream." (Source: AFP)
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The white-coloured humanoid "Garmi" does not look much different from a typical robot -- it stands on a platform with wheels and is equipped with a black screen on which two blue circles acting as eyes are attached. But retired German doctor Guenter Steinebach, 78, said: "For me, this robot is a dream." (Source: AFP)
Not only is Garmi able to perform diagnostics on patients, it can also provide care and treatment for them. Or at least, that is the plan. (Source: AFP)
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Not only is Garmi able to perform diagnostics on patients, it can also provide care and treatment for them. Or at least, that is the plan. (Source: AFP)
Garmi is a product of a new sector called geriatronics, a discipline that taps advanced technologies like robotics, IT and 3D technology for geriatrics, gerontology and nursing. (Source: AFP)
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Garmi is a product of a new sector called geriatronics, a discipline that taps advanced technologies like robotics, IT and 3D technology for geriatrics, gerontology and nursing. (Source: AFP)
About a dozen scientists built Garmi with the help of medical practitioners like Steinebach at the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence. (Source: AFP)
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About a dozen scientists built Garmi with the help of medical practitioners like Steinebach at the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence. (Source: AFP)
Part of the Technical University of Munich, the institute based its unit specialising in geriatronics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort that is home to one of the highest proportion of elderly people in Germany. (Source: AFP)
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Part of the Technical University of Munich, the institute based its unit specialising in geriatronics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort that is home to one of the highest proportion of elderly people in Germany. (Source: AFP)
Europe's most populous country is itself one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies. With the number of people needing care growing quickly and an estimated 670,000 carer posts to go unfilled in Germany by 2050, the researchers are racing to conceive robots that can take over some of the tasks carried out today by nurses, carers and doctors. (Source: AFP)
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Europe's most populous country is itself one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies. With the number of people needing care growing quickly and an estimated 670,000 carer posts to go unfilled in Germany by 2050, the researchers are racing to conceive robots that can take over some of the tasks carried out today by nurses, carers, and doctors. (Source: AFP)
"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. (Source: AFP)
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"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. (Source: AFP)
Doctors could then evaluate the results of the robot's diagnostics from a distance, something that could be particularly valuable for people living in remote communities. (Source: AFP)
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Doctors could then evaluate the results of the robot's diagnostics from a distance, something that could be particularly valuable for people living in remote communities. (Source: AFP)
Alternatively, the machine could offer a more personalised service at home or in a care home -- by serving meals, opening a bottle of water, calling for help in case of a fall or organising a video call with family and friends. (Source: AFP)
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Alternatively, the machine could offer a more personalised service at home or in a care home -- by serving meals, opening a bottle of water, calling for help in case of a fall or organising a video call with family and friends. (Source: AFP)
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first published: Mar 20, 2023 03:56 pm