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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Robots To Care For Dementia Patients

Now You're Talking: Human-Like Robot May One Day Care for Dementia Patients (+Video)

Paige Lim | March 7, 2016

With her brown hair, soft skin and expressive face, Nadine is a new brand of human-like robot that could one day, scientists hope, be used as a personal assistant or care provider for the elderly.
The 1.7-metre tall Nadine was created in the likeness of its maker, Nadia Thalmann, a visiting professor and director of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University's Institute of Media Innovation who has spent three decades researching into virtual humans.
Nadine's software allows the robot to express a range of emotions and recall a previous conversation. Nadine is not commercially available, but Thalmann predicted robots could one day be used as companions for people living with dementia.

Nadine (pictured left) is the next generation of social robots that may appear in offices and care homes in future. Developed by Professor Nadia Thalmann (pictured right), at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the humanoid is capable or expressing emotions and remembering your last interaction. Source:

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