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The Social Robot in Rehabilitation and Assistance: What Is the Future?

Centre Tisp, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, 00131 Rome, Italy
Academic Editor: Tin-Chih Toly Chen
Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030244
Received: 21 January 2021 / Revised: 12 February 2021 / Accepted: 14 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rehabilitation and Robotics: Are They Working Well Together?)
This commentary aims to address the field of social robots both in terms of the global situation and research perspectives. It has four polarities. First, it revisits the evolutions in robotics, which, starting from collaborative robotics, has led to the diffusion of social robots. Second, it illustrates the main fields in the employment of social robots in rehabilitation and assistance in the elderly and handicapped and in further emerging sectors. Third, it takes a look at the future directions of the research development both in terms of clinical and technological aspects. Fourth, it discusses the opportunities and limits, starting from the development and clinical use of social robots during the COVID-19 pandemic to the increase of ethical discussion on their use. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-health; medical devices; m-health; rehabilitation; robotics; organization models; artificial intelligence; electronic surveys; social robots; collaborative robots e-health; medical devices; m-health; rehabilitation; robotics; organization models; artificial intelligence; electronic surveys; social robots; collaborative robots
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Giansanti, D. The Social Robot in Rehabilitation and Assistance: What Is the Future? Healthcare 2021, 9, 244. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030244

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