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Robocoach Is Your Cybernetic Personal Trainer

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You may get tired, but it doesn't. As long as Robocoach has electricity, it can keep going, driving you onward--its cold metal heart forcing you to become physically fit.

Students at Ngee Polytechnic in Singapore developed Robocoach to encourage senior citizens to remain physically active. Robocoach takes the place of human athletic trainers in senior activity centers. It monitors the progress of human inputs and ensures that they're performing exercises correctly. CNET reports:

"The first Robocoach has been deployed to the Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre," Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, said at the IDA-sponsored Silver IT Fest. An IDA representative confirmed to CNET that five senior activity centres will receive units in the next 12 months, with subsequent distribution pending on feedback from the centres.

The Robocoach is equipped with two screens: a tablet on its head, to convey emotion through facial expressions, and a larger display on its chest, which gives detailed instruction on exercises, should its demonstrations be insufficiently instructional.

-via Marginal Revolution


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