Meet the WALL-E lookalike robot that disinfects surfaces, opens doors and delivers pills to patients


WALL-E may have roamed the earth alone 800 years in the future.

But now a lookalike robot could be coming to the UK as early as 2023.

And rather than just pick up litter like the Disney creation, this one is all-action.

Aeolus Robotics claim their android can act as a security guard, a hospital cleaner and even take over the job of staff in care homes.

Aeolus Robotics claim their android, named ‘Aeo’, can act as a security guard, a hospital cleaner and even take over the job of staff in care homes

Opening doors with one hand, Aeo can deliver food or pills on a tray in the other, while onboard cameras and sensors are able to confirm if the resident is well

Opening doors with one hand, Aeo can deliver food or pills on a tray in the other, while onboard cameras and sensors are able to confirm if the resident is well

WHAT CAN ‘AEO’ DO? 

Navigate through corridors autonomously at over 2mph.

Use pincher arm to open doors, operate lifts or close windows.

Pick up and deliver food or pills on a tray. 

Alert staff if a care home resident has fallen over, by picking up their change in posture with its onboard camera.

Keep watch for intruders, and alert staff if one is detected.

Opening doors with one hand, it can deliver food or pills on a tray in the other, while onboard cameras and sensors are able to confirm if the resident is well.

Aeo has already been used to great success in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where it has been employed by some of the countries’ biggest care providers to do the rounds.

The Japanese firm told the Daily Mail it is looking to expand into the UK and is in talks with distributors and partners.

The 12-stone robot is fully autonomous but human staff are able to check up on Aeo remotely through an app, with a live video feed showing its progress in real time.

Onboard cameras and Infra-red sensors built into the robot allow it to navigate autonomously through corridors at just over 2mph.

It’s two mechanical arms can be fixed with various tools, including a pincer to operate lifts, open doors, or close windows and pick things off shelves up to seven foot high.

A tray can also be attached to deliver food or medicine, or it can be fitted with an ultraviolet light to disinfect door handles and other surfaces.

Onboard cameras and Infra-red sensors built into the robot allow it to navigate autonomously through corridors at just over 2mph

 Onboard cameras and Infra-red sensors built into the robot allow it to navigate autonomously through corridors at just over 2mph

The 12-stone robot is fully autonomous but human staff are able to check up on Aeo remotely through an app, with a live video feed showing its progress in real time

The 12-stone robot is fully autonomous but human staff are able to check up on Aeo remotely through an app, with a live video feed showing its progress in real time

It is also built with sophisticated AI that can alert nurses if residents¿ posture looks to have changed, signalling they may have had a fall

It is also built with sophisticated AI that can alert nurses if residents’ posture looks to have changed, signalling they may have had a fall

Aeo is strong enough to lift a gallon of milk but gentle enough to hold a phone without dropping or crushing it, while it can reach over 7ft high to get things off the top shelves.

It is also built with sophisticated AI that can alert nurses if residents’ posture looks to have changed, signalling they may have had a fall.

In Japan, Aeolus Robotics said the robot is also being used in hospitals to deliver medical supplies and disinfect facilities.

It is also being used in offices and schools to do night shift patrols, with its cameras keeping an eye out for intruders and its arms keeping the places tidy.

A WALL-E (pictured) lookalike robot could be coming to the UK as early as 2023. And rather than just pick up litter like the Disney creation, this one is all-action

A WALL-E (pictured) lookalike robot could be coming to the UK as early as 2023. And rather than just pick up litter like the Disney creation, this one is all-action

In Japan, Aeolus Robotics said the robot is also being used in hospitals to deliver medical supplies and disinfect facilities

In Japan, Aeolus Robotics said the robot is also being used in hospitals to deliver medical supplies and disinfect facilities

It can be fitted with an ultraviolet light to disinfect door handles and other surfaces

It can be fitted with an ultraviolet light to disinfect door handles and other surfaces

The boss of one of the country’s biggest care providers, Senior Life Central Japan, has told how the robot is improving its patient care and services.

General manager Kayo Kojima said: ‘The robot is already one of our colleagues and a key member of our team.

‘The robot takes on completing simple tasks that frees up our staff to have more time to interact with patients and staff.’

Alexander Huang, chief executive of Aeolus Robotics, said: ‘Our goal is to create robots that will enhance quality of life and advance the positive impact robots already have on society.

‘Our experience deploying robots in environments as diverse as senior care, hospitals, public transportation offices and hotels, led us to develop our dual-arm humanoid robot Aeo — what we consider a truly capable, multifunctional service robot for real-world facilities.’

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NHS trials helper robot to deliver medicines around hospitals 

A robot that uses the same technology as self-driving vehicles is transporting medicines around hospitals as part of a new trial.

The ‘helper bot’ is being used to carry and deliver prescriptions and other items around Milton Keynes University Hospital, helping to relieve pressure on human staff. 

It is the creation of British firm Academy of Robotics, which has already worked on autonomous technology for its ‘Kar-Go’ self-driving vehicle. 

Just like Kar-Go, the bot uses sonar and LiDAR technology to navigate around obstacles such as people, wheelchairs and beds inside the hospital. 

Read more here 

A robot shaped like a penguin is delivering medicines around hospitals as part of a new trial at Milton Keynes University Hospital

A robot shaped like a penguin is delivering medicines around hospitals as part of a new trial at Milton Keynes University Hospital

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