Commentary: Will Robots Someday Help Us Be More Independent?

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1Robots are increasingly being considered to potentially help people with disabilities in the near future. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a robot to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to travel more independently and safely. This is their second year conducting the research, and they hope to develop an assistive robot that can carry out different tasks. Some of these include helping travelers get directions and information at train stations, warn them about obstacles on their paths, etc.

Check out this article highlighting a robot helping people with visual impairments

 

As a blind person, I think that this type of innovative technology will not substitute the orientation and mobility techniques we currently use to get around safely and independently. Instead, I think it will serve as a type of complimentary assistance to those of us who can’t see. Train stations aren’t always accessible, and these…

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