This is a good move to augment the ‘manpower’ in care homes for disabled people. However, robots should not and never replace service dogs. A dog provides warmth and care to the disabled person on top of fetching medication. A dog provides entertainment, while a robot cannot. It may be new or a novelty for care homes, but should not replace dogs.
Why use voice commands at all? Even the best voice recog tech is only about 98% effective. It would seem to me that a reomote control would be more reliable and easier to use. If you are giving the service robot to a new user, there is no reason to retain the verbal command system.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.