Robotic rovers bark out local news for elderly

Robotic rovers bark out local news for elderly
Steve Bush Matsushita has developed a robotic pet for the elderly. The multi-skilled robot can strike up a conversation and can delivering local news. It can also monitor the owner’s health, recording data which can be remotely read. When spoken to or touched, the robot reacts with either motion or speech. It uses what Matsushita calls ‘multi-modal dialogue technology’ which adds appropriate facial expressions and body motion to its vocal responses to make it more understandable. Interaction is governed by an internal ‘autonomous agent’ which executes user’s tasks and which instigates unprompted actions. The robot’s internal processor also stores time-tagged records of how the owner interacts with it to decide when to wake up and start talking. Five spoken phrases are recognised by the robot and it can speak 50 phrases. Matsushita plans to manufacture the pet once it completes further verification tests.


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