A company that has been developing eldercare robots recently announced that it might soon be able to manufacture them at a rate of 1,000 per month.
GeckoSystems told attendees at the Mobile Robots in Motion conference on November 4 and 5 that it expects to be able to build 1,000 machines per month within the next half-year.
"For the last several years, the U.S. eldercare crisis is commonly portrayed as 'not happening' until the baby boomers reach the age of great reliance on their children and younger family members," said Martin Spencer, the company's CEO.
"Many middle class baby boomers are presently suffering significant financial, time and emotional pressures attempting to care for their surviving WWII and Korean War era parents."
Spencer's company believes that many seniors suffer from loneliness and loss of independence and that eldercare robots could help solve this problem.
GeckoSystems isn't the only organization that is trying to use technology to help seniors. The Chicago Sun-Times recently covered a story about an entire house designed for the elderly. The house is equipped with devices like an automatic pill dispenser and an emergency response system.