Could Pet Robots Replace Medication For Patients With Dementia?
Could pet robots replace medication for patients with dementia? Well, that’s the question an upcoming research aims to answer.
Australian scientists have been granted more than 1 million dollars to conduct the research. It’s the world’s biggest study into the effects of robotic pets on dementia patients. The PARO robot which is a 2-point-7 kilogram baby harp-seal has produced promising results in initial investigations. PARO proved a helpful companion for calming agitated and distressed patients in a pilot study last year. It’s equipped with tactile sensors and artificial intelligence software, enabling it to interact with its owner. It can also remember its own name and learn to respond to words that the owner articulates regularly.