Robot 'Garmi' will now take care of elderly people in Germany
In Germany, one of the countries with the fastest aging population in the world, robots will soon work in nursing homes for the elderly. The robot, named "Garmi," prepares to go to work for a number of tasks, such as diagnostics and patient care.
The Humanoid Robot Garmi has a range of capabilities, from diagnosing patients to providing their care and treatment. Garmi is the product of a new industry called geriatronics, which combines aged care and nursing services with robotics and software. A dozen scientists from the Technical University of Munich were involved in the development of Garmi, including 78-year-old retired doctor Guenter Steinebach.
While the number of people in need of care is increasing rapidly in the country, 670,000 caregiver positions are expected to remain open until 2050. Under these circumstances, researchers are trying to design robots that can take on some of the tasks performed by nurses, caregivers, and doctors.
Doctors hope that one day they will be able to evaluate remote diagnoses made by robots. Machines like the Garmi can make life easier for the elderly by serving meals at home or in a nursing home, opening a bottle of water, calling for help in the event of a fall, or arranging a video call with family or friends.
It Will Expand In The 2030s.
Garmi can now do things like listen to the heartbeat with a stethoscope in a lab environment. Researchers are trying to make this technology commercially available by the 2030s.
Wıll Patients Accept?
Garmi's biggest challenge is not technological, medical or financial. What worries researchers is whether patients will accept the robot. “Robots need to be trusted, they need to be able to use it like we use a smartphone today,” says the team that created Garmi.