Science and medicine have taken a big leap in the last five years, with new innovations and technologies being rolled out almost everyday. Just recently, a scientist developed a humanoid caregiver for people with dementia called Nadine.
Prof. Nadia Thalmann, a visiting professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, created Nadine, a 1.7-meter tall robot. Thalmann spent the last 30 years doing research on virtual humans, Reuters reports.
Nadine’s creator considered it the next generation of caregivers and personal assistants to individuals needing personal care. Unlike other robots, Nadine is capable of retaining and retrieving memory from a conversation with a person. Thalmann also boasted that her creation has its own personality.
“If you leave these people alone they will be going down very quickly. So these people need to always be in interaction. A child has toys but they are usually passive. This robot will be an active toy, which interacts with the child. It will be able to remember what the child likes,” Thalmann was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Aside from being a mere playmate, Nadine is also capable of simple interaction, which is ideal for individuals with dementia and children left alone in the house. Thalmann added that Nadine is also capable of telling a story.
Nadine is currently programmed to speak in English, but its developer said they are considering the possibility of programming the human-like robot to speak different languages.
In a press release from Singapore’s NTU, it was revealed that Nadine was created using the same technology used in Apple’s Siri and Cortana of Microsoft. It added that after a quick chat with Nadine, the brown-haired robot could remember one’s name and their last conversation. Aside from Nadine, the NTU has also developed Edgar, a tele-presence robot, capable of projecting gestures of humans.