Stevie, a robot built by engineers to meet a very present need in assisted care homes, has no plans to follow the crowd.

A team of robotic engineers led by Prof Conor McGinn of Trinity College Dublin has unveiled a robot called Stevie, which, if all goes according to plan, will be introduced into care homes in less than five years’ time.

Speaking with, McGinn said that unlike our traditional view of robotic advancements, whereby the likes of Boston Dynamics show off very dexterous machines, Stevie serves a simpler purpose.

“[Stevie] is a shift from the paradigm. Most robots are developed, exclusively state-of-the-art improvements … they’re demonstrating what the technology can do, but we’re focused on what the need is,” McGinn said.

Words by Colm Gorey