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Robotic retrievers: One possible answer to the caregiver crisis


A California technology company hopes to begin deploying Labrador Retrievers into the homes of seniors by the end of 2023 to help them safely age in place.

These caregiver assistants aren’t canines, however, but rather robots developed by Labrador Systems to help home care firms and senior living facilities fill in caregiving gaps.

Starting in January, the Calabasas, CA-based firm plans to send a number of the robots to about a dozen senior care providers, including On Lok PACE in San Francisco, for an extended pilot before mass production of the assistive robots begins later in the year.

The  robots use 3-D vision to guide themselves around homes, retrieving or carrying objects for people who have mobility or health problems. Older adults can use either voice commands or wireless devices to direct the retrievers.

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