The R70i Aging Experience Simulates Aging for Visitors at the CES 2016

By: Cadhla Gray - Jan 10, 2016
References: genworth & wsj
While other robotic devices at CES 2016 are meant to make daily life easier and tasks streamlined, the R70i Aging Experience makes everyday activities more challenging by simulating the physical effects of old age.

Insurance company, Genworth, collaborated with engineers from Applied Minds to create this robotic aging suit, allowing people to literally step into the shoes of the elderly. Getting an idea about their future lives, CES attendees get strapped in -- experiencing vision loss, hearing impairment and reduced mobility. The smart suit can adjust weight and strain on the body to feel 10, 20 and 30 years older.

The R70i Aging Experience showcases the novel ways that virtual reality and robotics can be used to teach empathy, understanding and adjust human perceptions.