Robots with Faces: Should Care Robots Emulate Humans?

By Sinéad Nolan We are facing a care crisis of epic proportions. In less than 20 years’ time the number of over 65s in the UK, currently at 10 million, will have risen to 17 million. Yet estimates show we won’t have sufficient care workers to tend to this ageing population. Assistive robots remain the anonymous shadow in…

Are Robots the Future of Care?

by Sinéad Nolan Elderly care is a concept we barely think about until it concerns ourselves or our loved ones, but as you may have noticed its been in the news a lot lately. The reason for this is that the over 65 population in the UK is growing. Estimated to increase 7 million in the…

Paralympics and Assistive Tech: The Cybathlon

by Sinéad Nolan. You can’t throw a table tennis bat this August without hitting the Olympic games. It’s everywhere, from TV screens to newsfeeds to the front of your local rag. While for some the Olympics is the ultimate in competitive sport, for the more technologically passionate (read: nerdy) among us, there are bigger fish…

Art vs Science

  Art and science can often be thought of as opposing fields. However, here in the CHIRON team we like to get creative with science. Below, Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly, Head of Electronics and Computer Systems at Designability (and one of our project leads) shares her poem about assistive technology… Where did the inspiration for the…

Experience: Assistive Technology and My World

  Elle* is a wheelchair user and technology lover who has agreed to be a pioneer for CHIRON. She speaks to Sinéad Nolan about the future of assistive technology… A 75-year-old grandmother with two sons and four grandchildren, Elle is an unlikely candidate for a robotics enthusiast. Yet as a user of an electric wheelchair,…