Robots to the rescue in aged health care

Updated 11:00 PM ET, Mon October 19, 2015
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This smiley face belongs to Robocoach, an exercise robot being rolled out in Singapore senior centers. It has two screens: One for motivation, the other for guidance. IDA/MSF
The Robocoach leads elderly people at a senior center in Singapore in a series of arm exercises. The Asian city state is rolling out robotic coaches to 25 senior centers as it looks for technological solutions to a fast aging society. IDA/MSF
The Robear, developed by scientists in Japan, uses giant arms and artificial intelligence to help care for elderly and disabled patients. Riken
The therapeutic robot baby seal called 'Paro' has been used to comfort people affected by disasters in Japan, as well as the elderly and disabled. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
All 1,000 units of "Pepper" being offered in September sold out within one minute, according to its creator Softbank Robotics. "Pepper" is being promoted as the world's first personal robot, seen here promoting the sale of watermelons on July 1, 2015. It's also being marketed as a companion for the elderly. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
This is "Sota," a humanoid robot produced by Japanese robotics company Vstone, which uses NTT technology to control multiple electronic devices. NTT is testing its use to monitor elderly people at a retirement home, and is developing other services for elderly people and children. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A care worker lifts a patient at the Fuyoen nursing home for elderly people. She's wearing Cyberdyne's Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) robot suit during a demonstration on June 12, 2015. The HAL learns its users motions and provides stability and strength. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images