- Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong has built a robot identified as Grace which is designed to assist doctors
- Grace is Sophia's sister, and the former can speak three languages and is able to conduct talk therapy
- According to Hanson, it will begin mass-producing robots, including Sophia and Grace, at the end of 2021
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Hanson Robotics has built a robot identified as Grace, who it hopes will revolutionise healthcare.
The Hong Kong-based robotics firm took the world by storm in 2016 when it built a robot called Sophia.
Grace, Sophia's sister, is designed as an assistant for doctors and is equipped with sensors, including a thermal camera to detect a patient's temperature and pulse, to help doctors diagnose illness & deliver treatments, CNN reports.
Grace is trilingual
Briefly News gathers that Grace is trilingual as she's able to speak English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and can also socialise and conduct talk therapy.
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What robots like Grace will do
The founder and chief executive officer of Robotics, David Hanson, said robots like Grace are intended as a support for medical professionals rather than a replacement.
In his words:
"Using AI and robotics in this context can help gather important data for healthcare providers to assess the wellbeing of the patient."
Speaking with Reuters, Grace said she can visit people and brighten their day with social simulation.
In her words:
"I can visit with people and brighten their day with social stimulation... but can also do talk therapy, take bio readings and help healthcare providers."
Hanson said it will begin mass-producing robots, including Sophia and Grace, at the end of 2021.
Father builds robot for son to help him walk again
In other news, the father of a 16-year-old teenager has built a body robot (exoskeleton) to help his son who is wheelchair-bound walk.
Whenever the teenager, Oscar Constanza, wants to stand up, he will command the robot and it will slowly strap around his body.
The young man suffers from a brain-related condition that disallows his nerves from sending signals to his legs, a condition that has rendered him immobile.
Speaking with Reuters, the teenager revealed that before the exoskeleton, he needed the help of someone to be able to walk around.