Web: Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers to stay healthy

October 2015 by: From The Web

Like many other developed nations, Singapore is facing an ageing population. But seniors there now have a high-tech ally in the struggle to stay healthy: a robot personal trainer.

Named Robocoach, the fitness-minded cyborg made an appearance Sunday at a government-sponsored tech exhibition for seniors and will be deployed to over 20 senior activity centres to help caregivers run exercise classes for residents.

Developed by a group of students from Ngee Polyechnic, Robocoach is sponsored by Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority as part of the government's Smart Nation plan, a large-scale, multibillion-dollar government initiative to use Internet technologies to modernise different facets of Singaporean life and infrastructure.

One of the fast-growing "Tiger Economies" of Asia, Singapore is experiencing a problem common to prospering countries: an ageing population. If it proves effective, the Robocoach technology could be useful to nations like Australia, Japan and the USA, all of which are among the many countries around the world with a growing elderly population.


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