Robocoaches aim to get seniors in shape

These robotic fitness coaches will get your body running like a machine. The five Robocoach 2.0 models, which surround the first-generation model (pictured at centre), are developed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic's electrical engineering division to teach e
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These robotic fitness coaches will get your body running like a machine. The five Robocoach 2.0 models, which surround the first-generation model (pictured at centre), are developed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic's electrical engineering division to teach exercise routines at five senior activity centres here. They are commissioned by the Infocomm Development Authority and Ministry of Social and Family Development, and can speak in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. The robots are pre-programmed with 10-minute-long exercise routines and music, but users can fully customise the routines. Each of the 1.4m-tall robots can monitor up to six people at a time and give feedback on whether they are performing the exercises correctly. They can also take photos during exercises and help the seniors share them on Facebook.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'Robocoaches aim to get seniors in shape'. Print Edition | Subscribe