(CNN)In 2016, Hanson Robotics took the world by storm with Sophia, who was famously given Saudi Arabian citizenship. Now, the Hong Kong-based robotics firm has unveiled its latest invention: Grace, a humanoid robot it hopes will revolutionize healthcare.

Designed as an assistant for doctors, Grace is equipped with sensors, including a thermal camera to detect a patient’s temperature and pulse, to help doctors diagnose illness and deliver treatments.The android is a companion for patients, too. Specializing in senior care, Grace speaks three languages — English, Mandarin, and Cantonese — and can socialize and conduct talk therapy. It was once reserved only for futuristic science-fiction movies: humans and robots, coexisting in daily life. That robot future is now a reality, and many of these new machines are designed to make our lives easier.<br /><br />To help people as they age, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is developing human-assist robots in its labs in California. This "gantry robot" is adapted for the home from a style more often seen in assembly and manufacturing lines. Since these robots hang from the ceiling like a bat, they save floor space and can reach other machines and parts easily from above. This TRI robot is able to complete tasks such as loading the dishwasher. <strong>Scroll through to see more innovative robots designed to help humanity.</strong>It was once reserved only for futuristic science-fiction movies: humans and robots, coexisting in daily life. That robot future is now a reality, and many of these new machines are designed to make our lives easier.<br /><br />To help people as they age, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is developing human-assist robots in its labs in California. This "gantry robot" is adapted for the home from a style more often seen in assembly and manufacturing lines. Since these robots hang from the ceiling like a bat, they save floor space and can reach other machines and parts easily from above. This TRI robot is able to complete tasks such as loading the dishwasher. <strong>Scroll through to see more innovative robots designed to help humanity.</strong> Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierIt was once reserved only for futuristic science-fiction movies: humans and robots, coexisting in daily life. That robot future is now a reality, and many of these new machines are designed to make our lives easier.To help people as they age, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is developing human-assist robots in its labs in California. This “gantry robot” is adapted for the home from a style more often seen in assembly and manufacturing lines. Since these robots hang from the ceiling like a bat, they save floor space and can reach other machines and parts easily from above. This TRI robot is able to complete tasks such as loading the dishwasher. Scroll through to see more innovative robots designed to help humanity.Hide Caption 1 of 15TRI says its philosophy is to develop robots which amplify human ability, instead of replacing human beings. Toyota established the institute in 2015 to research artificial intelligence (AI) with a <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2015/11/05/technology/toyota-ai-research/index.html" target="_blank">$1 billion investment</a>. It is also testing more traditional floor-based robots, like the robot helper pictured here. TRI says this robot will have the same basic capabilities as its overhanging counterpart.TRI says its philosophy is to develop robots which amplify human ability, instead of replacing human beings. Toyota established the institute in 2015 to research artificial intelligence (AI) with a <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2015/11/05/technology/toyota-ai-research/index.html" target="_blank">$1 billion investment</a>. It is also testing more traditional floor-based robots, like the robot helper pictured here. TRI says this robot will have the same basic capabilities as its overhanging counterpart. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierTRI says its philosophy is to develop robots which amplify human ability, instead of replacing human beings. Toyota established the institute in 2015 to research artificial intelligence (AI) with a $1 billion investment. It is also testing more traditional floor-based robots, like the robot helper pictured here. TRI says this robot will have the same basic capabilities as its overhanging counterpart.Hide Caption 2 of 15In the place of hands, the robots use "soft bubble grippers," air-filled cushions that gently pick up household objects. TRI says it hopes its systems will help people live independently for longer and will assist an increasingly aging workforce. But for now, these robots are just prototypes. In the place of hands, the robots use "soft bubble grippers," air-filled cushions that gently pick up household objects. TRI says it hopes its systems will help people live independently for longer and will assist an increasingly aging workforce. But for now, these robots are just prototypes. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierIn the place of hands, the robots use “soft bubble grippers,” air-filled cushions that gently pick up household objects. TRI says it hopes its systems will help people live independently for longer and will assist an increasingly aging workforce. But for now, these robots are just prototypes. Hide Caption 3 of 15However, not all helpful robots are prototypes. These robots were <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/25/africa/rwanda-coronavirus-robots/index.html" target="_blank">donated </a>by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Rwanda, to help fight the spread of coronavirus. They are used for temperature screening, monitoring the status of patients, and keeping medical records, according to Rwanda's Ministry of ICT and Innovation.However, not all helpful robots are prototypes. These robots were <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/25/africa/rwanda-coronavirus-robots/index.html" target="_blank">donated </a>by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Rwanda, to help fight the spread of coronavirus. They are used for temperature screening, monitoring the status of patients, and keeping medical records, according to Rwanda's Ministry of ICT and Innovation. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierHowever, not all helpful robots are prototypes. These robots were donated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Rwanda, to help fight the spread of coronavirus. They are used for temperature screening, monitoring the status of patients, and keeping medical records, according to Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation.Hide Caption 4 of 15Developed by Softbank, this robot is called "Pepper" -- designed to be able to respond to the needs and preferences of people from different cultures. To see whether Pepper could help fight loneliness in older people, a study was conducted with care home residents in Britain and Japan. Researchers<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/08/health/care-robots-wellness-gbr-scli-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> found</a> people who interacted with it for up to 18 hours over a two-week period "saw significant improvement to their mental health."Developed by Softbank, this robot is called "Pepper" -- designed to be able to respond to the needs and preferences of people from different cultures. To see whether Pepper could help fight loneliness in older people, a study was conducted with care home residents in Britain and Japan. Researchers<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/08/health/care-robots-wellness-gbr-scli-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> found</a> people who interacted with it for up to 18 hours over a two-week period "saw significant improvement to their mental health." Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierDeveloped by Softbank, this robot is called “Pepper” — designed to be able to respond to the needs and preferences of people from different cultures. To see whether Pepper could help fight loneliness in older people, a study was conducted with care home residents in Britain and Japan. Researchers found people who interacted with it for up to 18 hours over a two-week period “saw significant improvement to their mental health.”Hide Caption 5 of 15"Pepper" has also been used in Hamazushi, a sushi restaurant chain in Japan. It demonstrated that the robots can handle services like receiving and helping customers to their tables."Pepper" has also been used in Hamazushi, a sushi restaurant chain in Japan. It demonstrated that the robots can handle services like receiving and helping customers to their tables. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easier”Pepper” has also been used in Hamazushi, a sushi restaurant chain in Japan. It demonstrated that the robots can handle services like receiving and helping customers to their tables.Hide Caption 6 of 15Also in Japan, "Paro," the therapeutic robot baby seal, has been used to comfort people affected by disasters, as well as the elderly and disabled. It was designed to provide the soothing qualities of a pet and was developed by Japan's National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.Also in Japan, "Paro," the therapeutic robot baby seal, has been used to comfort people affected by disasters, as well as the elderly and disabled. It was designed to provide the soothing qualities of a pet and was developed by Japan's National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierAlso in Japan, “Paro,” the therapeutic robot baby seal, has been used to comfort people affected by disasters, as well as the elderly and disabled. It was designed to provide the soothing qualities of a pet and was developed by Japan’s National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.Hide Caption 7 of 15This Italian woman is being assisted by the Giraffplus robot carer at her Rome apartment. The Giraffplus is connected to sensors that measure indicators such as blood pressure and communicate with medical staff. This Italian woman is being assisted by the Giraffplus robot carer at her Rome apartment. The Giraffplus is connected to sensors that measure indicators such as blood pressure and communicate with medical staff. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierThis Italian woman is being assisted by the Giraffplus robot carer at her Rome apartment. The Giraffplus is connected to sensors that measure indicators such as blood pressure and communicate with medical staff. Hide Caption 8 of 15<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/14/business/robots-japan-supermarkets-spc-intl/index.html" target="_blank">This September</a>, Lawson deployed its first robot in a Tokyo convenience store. Because Japan has the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/WorldPopulationAgeing2019-Highlights.pdf" target="_blank">oldest population</a> in the world, robots are being utilized to address the labor shortage. The "Model-T" robot is controlled by shop staff remotely; a human "pilot" wears a virtual reality (VR) headset and special gloves that let them "feel" in their own hands the products the robot is holding.<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/14/business/robots-japan-supermarkets-spc-intl/index.html" target="_blank">This September</a>, Lawson deployed its first robot in a Tokyo convenience store. Because Japan has the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/WorldPopulationAgeing2019-Highlights.pdf" target="_blank">oldest population</a> in the world, robots are being utilized to address the labor shortage. The "Model-T" robot is controlled by shop staff remotely; a human "pilot" wears a virtual reality (VR) headset and special gloves that let them "feel" in their own hands the products the robot is holding. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierThis September, Lawson deployed its first robot in a Tokyo convenience store. Because Japan has the oldest population in the world, robots are being utilized to address the labor shortage. The “Model-T” robot is controlled by shop staff remotely; a human “pilot” wears a virtual reality (VR) headset and special gloves that let them “feel” in their own hands the products the robot is holding.Hide Caption 9 of 15To help elderly and disabled people with lifting, Japanese company Cyberdyne developed a Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit, shown here.  To help elderly and disabled people with lifting, Japanese company Cyberdyne developed a Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit, shown here.  Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierTo help elderly and disabled people with lifting, Japanese company Cyberdyne developed a Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit, shown here. Hide Caption 10 of 15iRobot, the US-based company that produces the robot vacuum Roomba, recently announced the household helper will be getting an upgrade. You <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/25/tech/roomba-irobot-update-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">can now</a> set areas in your home where Roomba should not go, highlight other areas that are particularly messy and need more frequent cleaning, and even program house cleanings for times when you're not home.iRobot, the US-based company that produces the robot vacuum Roomba, recently announced the household helper will be getting an upgrade. You <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/25/tech/roomba-irobot-update-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">can now</a> set areas in your home where Roomba should not go, highlight other areas that are particularly messy and need more frequent cleaning, and even program house cleanings for times when you're not home. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easieriRobot, the US-based company that produces the robot vacuum Roomba, recently announced the household helper will be getting an upgrade. You can now set areas in your home where Roomba should not go, highlight other areas that are particularly messy and need more frequent cleaning, and even program house cleanings for times when you’re not home.Hide Caption 11 of 15Last year, Walmart <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/09/business/walmart-robots-retail-jobs/index.html" target="_blank">announced</a> robot janitors will be put to work in its stores, in order to free up workers to help customers more directly. This 920-pound autonomous floor scrubber is called the "Auto-C"and uses automated technology to navigate custom routes around the store and mop up the floors. It will join "Auto-S," a shelf-scanning robot.Last year, Walmart <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/09/business/walmart-robots-retail-jobs/index.html" target="_blank">announced</a> robot janitors will be put to work in its stores, in order to free up workers to help customers more directly. This 920-pound autonomous floor scrubber is called the "Auto-C"and uses automated technology to navigate custom routes around the store and mop up the floors. It will join "Auto-S," a shelf-scanning robot. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierLast year, Walmart announced robot janitors will be put to work in its stores, in order to free up workers to help customers more directly. This 920-pound autonomous floor scrubber is called the “Auto-C”and uses automated technology to navigate custom routes around the store and mop up the floors. It will join “Auto-S,” a shelf-scanning robot.Hide Caption 12 of 15Boston Dynamics first introduced "Spot," the robot dog pictured here, in 2015, when it was still in development. During the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have modified "Spot" to <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/01/tech/covid-robot-patient-scn-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">measure patients' vital signs</a>. The aim is to remove the risk of health workers being exposed to patients showing Covid-19 symptoms.Boston Dynamics first introduced "Spot," the robot dog pictured here, in 2015, when it was still in development. During the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have modified "Spot" to <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/01/tech/covid-robot-patient-scn-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">measure patients' vital signs</a>. The aim is to remove the risk of health workers being exposed to patients showing Covid-19 symptoms. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierBoston Dynamics first introduced “Spot,” the robot dog pictured here, in 2015, when it was still in development. During the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have modified “Spot” to measure patients’ vital signs. The aim is to remove the risk of health workers being exposed to patients showing Covid-19 symptoms.Hide Caption 13 of 15Soon, robot "dogs" may also<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/09/us/robot-dogs-us-air-force-test-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html" target="_blank"> join the US Air Force</a>. In an exercise, these robots were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them. This Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype operates at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Soon, robot "dogs" may also<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/09/us/robot-dogs-us-air-force-test-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html" target="_blank"> join the US Air Force</a>. In an exercise, these robots were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them. This Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype operates at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierSoon, robot “dogs” may also join the US Air Force. In an exercise, these robots were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them. This Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype operates at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Hide Caption 14 of 15Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/19/weather/slothbot-climate-monitoring-project-planet/index.html" target="_blank">SlothBot</a> is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Developed by Georgia Tech, this robot is helping us to measure changes in our climate.Suspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/19/weather/slothbot-climate-monitoring-project-planet/index.html" target="_blank">SlothBot</a> is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Developed by Georgia Tech, this robot is helping us to measure changes in our climate. Photos: The robots are coming … to make our lives easierSuspended by cables in the tree canopy high above the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the US state of Georgia, this SlothBot is full of sensors taking readings on everything from temperature, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide levels. Developed by Georgia Tech, this robot is helping us to measure changes in our climate.Hide Caption 15 of 15toyota gantry robot toyota robot helpertoyota robot bubble gripper01 rwanda coronavirus robotspepper the robotjapan robot restaurantseal robotgiraffplus lea face on screenTelexistence robot 2cyberdyne exoskeletonroombawalmart robot janitor 04spot robotUS Air Force robot dog 02Slothbot robot actua como si fuera perezoso vida silvestreRobots like Grace are intended as a support for medical professionals rather than a replacement, says Hanson Robotics founder and CEO David Hanson.”Using AI and robotics in this context can help gather important data for healthcare providers to assess the wellbeing of the patient,” he adds. Read MoreDeveloped specifically for the medical sector, Grace’s launch comes in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when there has been increased demand for telehealth solutions and contactless care. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), global sales of medical robots were already on the rise before the pandemic, up 28% between 2018 and 2019 — and the IFR predicts the sector’s value could nearly double in the next three years. Hanson Robotics says it will begin mass-producing robots, including Sophia and Grace, at the end of 2021.Watch the video to find out more.

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