How to Choose the Right Robot Pet for Seniors
Updated: Dec 16, 2022
By Ana Jones - Founder, Phlex65
The concept of robot companionship has been around for some time now. It’s not a new idea, and it’s definitely not something that’s going to become more widespread anytime soon. But as the number of senior citizens in the world continues to grow, there are bound to be more people interested in getting their hands on a robotic pet. Even though the technology is constantly changing, most robots still have certain core elements in common with their human counterparts.
The best way to know whether or not a robot is right for you is to ask the older adult. After all, everyone knows that different things bring out different people. If they are the sort of person who would find a robot's heart-warming presence from your home helpful and reassuring, then, by all means, go for it! However, if older adults are afraid of being alone or don’t like being confined to one place, then maybe it’s time to look at other options first.
Read on for some important considerations when choosing your first robot pet!
Who can benefit from having a robot pet?
This is a great question and one that has yet to be answered conclusively. There are a few reasons why someone might want a robot pet: Being alone or having no one to help you through the day. Helping with housekeeping or managing daily tasks for older adults with a lack of visual or mobility conditions that have prevented them from doing things by themselves.
Understanding the different types of robot pet
Robot pets are usually AI-controlled, battery-powered companions that look a lot like pets do in real life. AI is an acronym for “artificial intelligence,” and AI-enabled robots tend to have pretty sophisticated cognitive skills. They can follow simple instructions, enter your home, help you with your daily tasks, and become a companion to your loved one.
There are a few types of robots you might want to consider when choosing your first robot pet: Physical robots - These are usually electromechanical devices with limbs and an eye in the head. They are sometimes programmed to perform specific tasks, like delivering medication or cleaning your house. Robotic pets - This is the generic term for AI-controlled robotic animals.
You can find robots of all types in this category. Remote control robots - These let you do some of the work for your robot pet. You can put it in mode, give it commands, and even control it with a smartphone app.
What to look for when purchasing a robotic pet
One of the things you’ll want to keep in mind when purchasing a robotic pet is what features are important to you. For example, if you like to control your environment with your voice, then a robot with a voice box will be much more desirable to you than one without. Other things you’ll want to keep in mind are the capabilities of the robot you’re planning on buying. For example, does it have the capability to navigate and navigate correctly? Is it programmed to follow simple, single-step commands? If not, it might be too difficult for you to control.
One helpful way to look at these things is through the lens of independence. If you’re the sort of person who wants to be able to do everything by yourself, then a robot that can navigate, follow basic instructions, and clean itself would probably be best suited to you. However, if you’re more the type to let your robot do things for you and take care of all the heavy lifting, then a physical robot might be better suited to you.
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Robotics is a growing field, and there’s no telling how far it’ll take us. The future is now, and it’s full of exciting opportunities for robotics. The best way to decide whether or not a robot pet is right for you is to ask your loved one. After all, everyone knows that different things bring out different people. If you’re the sort of person who would find a robot's heart-warming presence from your home helpful and reassuring, then by all means, go for it! However, if you’re afraid of being alone or don’t like being confined to one place, then maybe it’s time to look at other options first.
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