Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based technology company that developed the humanoid robot Sophia in 2016, has developed a new robot prototype to operate in the healthcare field. It is stated that the humanoid robot called Grace is designed to communicate with those who are isolated due to the corona virus, while it is reported that it is planned to be fully operational next year in places such as Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea.
Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, which developed the humanoid robot Sophia produced in 2016, has launched a new robot prototype targeting the healthcare market.
The new robot designed to communicate with the elderly and people isolated due to the corona virus was named Grace.
It is stated that Grace, who is introduced with a blue and white nurse uniform, exhibits movements peculiar to Asian people, and there is a thermal camera on her chest to measure temperature and see the reaction of people.
It was stated that Grace, the humanoid robot that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose patients, can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Humanoid robot Grace told Reuters as she stood next to her “sister” Sophia at her developer Hanson Robotics’ Hong Kong workshop.
“I can visit people and brighten their day with my social encouragement. I can also do speech therapy, help healthcare providers by doing bio readings,” Grace said.
Developer David Hanson, on the other hand, said that Grace’s resemblance to a healthcare professional and capacity for social interaction were intended to ease the burden of hospital staff overwhelmed during the pandemic.
The company says the beta version of Grace will be mass-produced by August, while it plans to launch it fully in places like Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Korea next year.
Speaking on the subject, communication professor Kim Min-Sun from the University of Hawaii said that the release of Grace came as the global impact of the corona virus made the need for humanoid robots urgent.
Stating that the mental state of many people who are stuck at home during the Covid-19 quarantines is affected by negative thoughts, Kim Min-Sun said, “If these social robots can be helped by deploying them to personal areas, it will definitely have a positive impact on society.”