Nursing Robots Learn to Detect Faces
Robots are to support the work of human nurses in the future. These assistance robots are capable of, for example, watching at the bedside of patients who are recovering from surgery, or safely escorting sleepwalkers who suffer from dementia back to their beds in nursing homes. Under the name “August the Smart,” a consortium in Saxony has now developed such an assistance robot. The face recognition technology for this artificial nurse was provided by the Dresden-based Cognitec Systems GmbH. This technology permits the robot, for example, to distinguish between different nursing home residents. Cognitec Systems looks back on many years of experience in this technology sector: “FaceVACS” face recognition systems from Dresden are used, for example, in automated border controls, criminal investigations, robots as well as for the monitoring of casinos, airports, and stadiums all around the globe.