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Video-calling robots to keep elderly connected during Covid-19

Shared by Sara Di Fabio on 2020-03-17 11:02

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The Belgian robotic firm, ZoraBots, is lending robots for free to elderly care homes to help residents stay connected despite the ban on visits imposed to fight the spread of Coronavirus.
The robot is a 1.2-metre-tall butler-style machine that can navigate rooms and connect video calls through Facebook messenger.

"We said, in the coming weeks we will not be able to sell, the stock is just going to sit here. Instead of letting the stock sit here, why not put it to use in a good way?" said Zorabots co-CEO Tommy Deblieck.

Nele Vandewiele, director of residential care for the Ostend city government, said the robots could help residents who were missing contact with the outside world.

Adapted from: https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2020/03/17/belgian-video-calli...

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The Belgian robotic firm, ZoraBots is lending robots to elderly care homes to help elderly stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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