Meet “James” the robot who is keeping the elderly in Belgium connected with their friends and family during the Coronavirus. Developed by a Belgian robotics company, ZoraBots, “James” was the perfect solution to help the elderly who are longing for in-person visits from their loved ones and are facing extreme loneliness while in isolation from the outside world.
“James” the robot is an almost 4-foot tall butler-style robot that can easily navigate rooms and connect video calls for free via Facebook messenger. At first, ZoraBots, said it would lend 60 of its fleet of “James” robots to nursing homes within Belgium, but it plans to make hundreds more available.
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Co-owner of ZoraBots, Tommy Deblieck who helped to fill this greatly needed void, says that the company has the experience and knowledge and the robots have the software capable of telecommunicating from a distance, therefore the collaboration made perfect sense.