'Creepy companions': What COPD patients make of carer robots


How would you feel about a robot following you around all day? Would you think it’s cute, a pet you don’t have to feed? Or would you worry that it’s going to turn on you in your sleep and start the anti-human revolution?

The i-Robi robot, a Korean invention, is basically a face, a TV screen and a robot vacuum bolted together, trundling around a bit like R2D2 from Star Wars.

Researchers from New Zealand have been testing the robots as an intervention for patients with COPD in a bid to increase adherence to