Grace the Robot
A human-like Robot is not a new idea but it’s soothing to meet Grace, the healthcare Robot Nurse COVID-19 created during the vulnerable time of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Grace is hailed from Hong Kong during a time when health workers and doctors are working at very high risk.
Dressed in a blue nurse’s uniform, calm face, and Asian features, Grace looks like a professional nurse with her collar-length brown hair and a thermal scanner in her chest to take a patient’s temperature and other responsiveness. She is a gaged of artificial intelligence with an inbuilt and programed system of diagnoses and she can talk in English with the patients
“I can visit with people and brighten their day with social stimulation … but can also do talk therapy, take bio readings and help healthcare providers,” Grace told in a video, she stood next to her “sister”, Sophia (creator), in Hanson Robotics’ Hong Kong workshop.
Grace’s founder David Hanson describes that his creation resemblance to a healthcare professional and capacity for social interaction is aimed at relieving a load of front-line hospital staff submerged during the pandemic, said the founder.
“A human-like appearance facilitates trust and natural engagement because we are wired for human face-to-face interactions,” Hanson said, explaining how Grace can simulate the action of her more than 48 major facial muscles and has a comforting appearance designed to look a little like anime characters, often a blend of Asian and Western styles.
Hong Kong-based company Awakening Health is ready to mass-produce a beta version of Grace by August, said David Lake, chief executive of the joint venture between Hanson Robotics and Singularity Studio, and they have a comprehensive plan to deploy her next year in different countries od Asia including Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, and Korea.
This medical robot is expensive at the moment around the price of a luxury car, but it will eventually decrease by the number of units made, Hanson added.
The medical experts have also welcomed Grace’s Kim Min-Sun, a communicology professor at the University of Hawaii, says that the global impact of the coronavirus has created a need for humanoid robots an urgency. She appreciates this invention also for another reason and that is also associated with covid and the lockdown and that is mental stress she added,
Kim Min-Sun, communicology professor at the University of Hawaii
Kim Min-Sun says If they can get help through the deployment of these social robots in intimate settings, certainly it will have a positive impact on society