Welfare technological robots and other aids are gaining still more footing in our healthcare systems. It is a fast paced progress – sometimes even happening at a scary speed. Since the term “welfare technology” was introduced to the Danish market 10 years ago, we have seen technology work together with many of the things we use in everyday life. Examples could be robot vacuum cleaners, wash&dry toilets, eating aid robots and much more. Robots are no longer just a part of science fiction movies, but are more and more becoming a part of and help in our everyday lives.

One thing is for sure; the evolution continues.

A new inquiry for KL’s Center for Welfare Technology shows that by and large all municipalities in Denmark are using welfare technology at nursing homes and in private homes. The technologies have the purpose of saving manpower and heighten quality of life received from the welfare benefits.

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MELVIN® on the screen at TV2

Due to the demographical evolvement the coming years, an increasing amount of elders will be in need of care, and at the same time, the amount of workers available will decrease. The welfare society can thus easily become one of the greatest challenges in Denmark as well as other industrialized countries. Welfare technology is an increasingly integrated part of the public sector, and new welfare technologies can be one of the solutions coming into play as a central role going forward.

On May 7th, TV2 aired a news story about robots and welfare technologies in Denmark, and how robots will be a more integrated part of our homes in the future. MELVIN® was on the screen, and you can watch or rewatch the clip here.

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Welfare technology of the future
Tobias Perquin is senior consultant at Technological Institute’s Center for Welfare and Interaction Technology, and he works with innovation and product development within welfare technological solutions. He has given his suggestions of which trends will influence the solutions of the future. He highlights the areas: Virtual Reality, Sensor technology and Self-help technology.

As part of self-help technology, robots helping people regain independence, relieving personnel and heightening quality of life and self-reliance, are accentuated. He points out MELVIN® specifically as one of the solutions shaping the welfare technology trends of tomorrow. You can read more here.

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