Category Archives: Robotics

There are two trends that are going in opposite directions. One is the increasing number of elderly people, and the other is the decline in the number of people to take care of them. Part of the view we’ve already espoused is that robots will start to fill in those gaps.

So says  Jim Osborn, roboticist and executive director of the Robotics Institute’s Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With HHS telling us that we’ll need 70% more home aide workers soon to care for the burgeoning population of elderly (70 million Americans over the age of 65 by 2030), robots may be our only choice.

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Disruptions: Robots as Home Health Care Aides for the Elderly – NYTimes.com

Iphone Skype cellbot robot DTMF (by minhenes)

Uploaded on Apr 10, 2011

Here is a description of a mobile platform that is remote controlled over Internet WLAN or mobile phone network. 

Skype video call is started from PC to iPhone and dial pad is used in Skype to generate tones.

On another side the cellbot is connected to headphone output of iPhone. MT8870 chip decodes DTMF tones and passes to Arduino board that controlls servos. Wheel servos are modified for continuous rotation.

Options that currently do not work: 
Android phones do not have video in Skype. 
Call between two iPhones – no dial tone pad available