Robots as personal health assistants
Although the idea of robots at home assisting people has been around for a long time (indeed this is a prominent idea already in the science fiction literature of the early 20th century), the idea now takes more shape in accumulating knowledge about the functions and roles in which people would actually accept a robot in their personal surroundings. Apparently large proportion of people are favourable to the general idea of a robot companion. A recent Eurobarometer study on robotics (see MEMO/12/667) revealed that more than two-thirds of EU citizens (70%) have a positive view of robots; the majority agree that robots “are necessary as they can do jobs that are too hard or too dangerous for people” (88%) and that “they are a good thing for society because they help people” (76%) .
Results have highlighted the specific roles and tasks that people would prefer a robot companion to perform in addition to the desired behavioural and appearance characteristics .
The finding that people frequently cited that they would like a future robot to perform the role of a servant is maybe similar to the human ‘butler’ role. Ogden & Dautenhahn  considered the concept of ‘robotic etiquette’ in relation to body movements and positioning to convey polite interactions to advance the social-interaction abilities of robots. For example, butlers need to know how to wait discreetly until given an order to perform a task, and to know when to speak to their employer. This requires great awareness and sensitivity to social situations .
Other tasks that a competent butler should be able to perform include personal health care services, aid in repeated pre-defined situations which require additional assistance: getting up, sitting down, rehabilitation, measuring of physical parameters, transferring information to health professionals.
Robots may lend a helping hand to caregivers by assisting them with repetitive tasks like vital signs monitoring, dispensing of medications and fall detection .
Additionally, users can use these robots to connect them to friends and family who may live far away. This feature has already received positive a lot feedback: people like internet technology delivered via the robot, because they find it’s easier to use than a computer .
See also http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-978_en.htm?locale=en .The European Commission, industry and academia have agreed to launch a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics, to help Europe-based companies take a larger share of the €15.5 billion annual global robotics market .
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 B. Ogden and K. Dautenhahn, “Robotic etiquette: Structured interaction in humans and robots,” Proc. SIRS2000, The University of Reading, England, pp. 353-361, 2000.
 Kerstin Dautenhahn, Sarah Woods, Christina Kaouri, Michael L. Walters, Kheng Lee Koay, Iain Werry, What is a robot companion?
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