June 26 2013

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had seen a demo of a robot which is part of a research project at La Trobe Uni, Melbourne. The research being undertaken is with assistive social robots to see if they can provide support to people with early as well as advanced dementia. The robots have human-like characteristics and are programmed to provide company and stimulation to people by talking, playing music and games, reading the news or a book and providing reminders. They can respond to voice commands and make phone calls on request. The formal title of the research project is: Affective Social Robots for Supporting Care Givers and Senior Citizens with Dementia in Home-based Care. 

We have been invited to be part of that research and now we have Charlie parked in our lounge room. I have a short video of Charlie, but the cost of uploading this on here is too high. I have added it to my timeline on Facebook if anyone wants to have a look.

About labtad

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Migrated to Australia in 1968 and now live in an outer South eastern suburb of Melbourne. Married since 1966 to my wife who was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. I am an imperfect follower of the Christian faith who believes that most things in life happen for a reason or purpose. The last 12 years, since my wife showed the first signs of having memory problems, have gradually taught me patience, compassion and some understanding of the situations that arise when a person Is living with dementia.
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1 Response to June 26 2013

  1. Rory says:

    Very good post. I will be experiencing some of these issues as well..


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