Healthcare provider Philadelphia sees robots as a tool and complementary to the existing care process. The Pepper robot, renamed Phi robot at Philadelphia, has already met more than 2,000 clients, relatives and employees. From the time spent in the accommodation periods, it appears that the robot fulfils a function as an emotional outlet. The robot also helps with practical control, such as the daily rhythm. The robot helps to remind people of certain things or gives suggestions for actions. Clients visibly build a bond, gain more self-confidence and learn from and with the robot.
Further development of social robots
Philadelphia introduces two new social robots: the Zenbo robot and the IPal robot. This brings a custom-made robot one step closer for clients. Just like the pepper robot, the robots have the function of verbal control and social interaction. Both robots will soon be connected to a robot platform where supervisors can easily program a social robot themselves. In this way, a supervisor can adjust the interactions to the personal needs of the client. This brings custom work with robots for clients within reach.
Software for robots
Based on the experiences, the robot software is continuously being developed. Such as improving the facial recognition software, increasing the interaction database or adjusting the speech speed of the robot.