Smart robotic companions to assist seniors

Funded by NSF with a $1 million grant, Brown’s Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative is teaming up with Hasbro with the goal to add artificial intelligence capabilities of the Joy for All Companion Pets to offer support to seniors with everyday tasks. This includes help in finding lost objects, medication reminders or other tasks that sometimes become challenging, especially those who may have mild dementia. Over the next three years, we plan to perform a variety of user studies to understand how the smart pets might best assist older adults, and we will work on developing and integrating a variety of artificial intelligence technologies that will meet the needs identified in the user studies.

The official press release can be found here.