The Hong Kong-based robotics firm Hanson Robotics has unveiled its latest invention: Grace, a humanoid robot designed as an assistant for doctors. Grace is equipped with sensors, including a thermal camera to detect a patient’s temperature and pulse and can and deliver treatments. It can be a companion for patients, too, especially seniors. Grace speaks three languages: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese . „The use of Artificial Intelligence and robotics in this context can help collect important data so that healthcare professionals can assess patient well-being,” Hanson Robotics founder said. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), global sales of medical robots were already on the rise before the pandemic, increasing 28% between 2018 and 2019 .In 2016, Hanson Robotics took the world by storm with Sophia, a humanoid robot who became famous for receiving Saudi Arabian citizenship.
Grace combines AI-powered character robots with animated personality to engage patients naturally and emotionally – providing a variety of benefits including cognitive stimulation and intuitive communication. Grace has been possible thanks to the collaboration between Hanson Robotics and Singularity Studio. Singularity Studio supplies cutting-edge enterprise AI software across a variety of vertical markets with a particular focus on healthcare. Studio’s software base includes proprietary AI methods leveraging deep neural net, probabilistic logic, evolutionary learning and other technologies Hanson Robotics has big projects. It says it will start mass-producing robots, like Sophia and Grace, in late 2021.