The new funding of $25 million is set to fuel the expansion of Moxi robots in healthcare, offering a helping hand to nurses during their demanding shifts. These Moxi robots, with anthropomorphic attributes like arms and LED eyes, are poised to become a common sight in care facilities and hospitals.
Diligent Robotics, the brains behind Moxi, have ambitious plans for their product. Diligent CEO Andrea Thomaz, PhD, emphasized their mission to create competent and helpful allies for nurses, rather than replacing them. The company envisions a future where robots work collaboratively with human caregivers to enhance overall patient care.
Moxi’s primary function is to streamline delivery tasks, such as the distribution of medications to residents and patients, as well as transporting essential equipment. Its purpose aligns with the broader trend of integrating non-physical artificial intelligence systems into administrative roles to alleviate the burden on healthcare professionals.
Moxi’s capabilities extend beyond lifting items with its arms; it can also manipulate doors and operate elevators to navigate healthcare facilities. The company takes pride in the robot’s “social intelligence,” highlighting its ability to navigate through crowded areas without colliding with individuals or objects.
Notably, another robot in development, Fourier Intelligence’s GR-1, possesses weightlifting capabilities and is a potential asset in senior living and healthcare settings, assisting residents in transferring to and from beds and wheelchairs. Similar to Moxi, GR-1 units sport humanoid characteristics.
Robotic technology is making inroads in various healthcare applications, including security, cleaning assistance, and notably, providing companionship to seniors to combat loneliness.