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    Robots Promise to Take Good Care of Grandma

    They’re also good listeners. From autonomous wheelchairs to mechanical nursing aides, nonhuman caregivers are demonstrating their potential to transform the lives of ailing elderly folks. A self-propelled wheelchair developed by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) can navigate Singapore’s Changi General Hospital; Honda’s Asimo humanoid robot can retrieve food and control lighting; and another protodroid is able to lift patients and act as a walker. While insurers often view such devices as luxuries, some experts believe these inventions could, in a few years, foster healthier, more independent golden years.

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