MiRo: A Biomemtic Companion Robot
Publish Date: January
MiRo: A BIOMIMETIC COMPANION ROBOT
Company: Consequential Robotics
Consequential Robotics, a UK-based company, has developed a robotic alternative to live-in care and it comes in the form of a lovable pup. MiRo, the biomimetic robot, is designed to use facial recognition technology and will prompt its owner to take medicine, remind him or her of scheduled activities, or to question them if it thinks he or she is in distress.
Robo-dog designer Sebastian Conran explains that with some help from its owner, MiRo is able to evolve from a “reactive mammal to a cognitive being.” The robot will notice a break in routine and can alert others to an emergency by working as part of a system which includes a central hub that the robot can send a signal to and a wristband which the person can slap to confirm they are ok.
MiRo, designed in conjunction with Sheffield University, has one over-arching purpose—to provide companionship and help alleviate loneliness and fear in those otherwise living alone.