Like most developed countries, Singapore has a rapidly growing elderly population. One in four Singaporeans is expected to require elder care by 2030. Singapore has also often been ahead of the pack when it comes to using technology to help care for its elderly.
The latest example of Singapore’s forward-thinking approach was the recent MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics hackathon that saw 12 teams try to turn Segway Robotics’ Loomo robot into an assistive robot to help take care of elderly people.
Loomo, which was introduced at CES 2016, is a small, two-wheeled robotics platform that has a software development kit (SDK) and hardware extension for developers to play with.
Loomo has a suite of sensors, including facial and voice recognition abilities, location tracking and the ability to map its environment. Loomo can travel up to 11 MPH for 18 miles before a recharge.