NAO robot for mild cognitive impairment

The NAO robot is being tested at ORMYLIA in Greece, who provided the use case requirements and described the pilot scenarios regarding the technology illiterate elders and people with mild cognitive impairment. Two scenarios have been developed to perform initial trials with the NAO robot:

  • The “In-house Risk Detection” scenario: an experimentation room mimicking a home environment has been created, detecting hazards in the house like doors and windows left open and electrical devices forgotten switched on, aiming to enhance the independent living of the elderly targeting for their safety. The room is equipped with typical furniture and household appliances such as a refrigerator, microwave oven and electric kettle. QR-codes are placed in the distinctive places of the room. The density and placement of the QR-codes is linked to the geometry of the room. In the future, instead of QR-codes, models of objects obtained from the cloud will be used for the purpose of their recognition;
  • The “Passing Information group of functions” scenario: applications that will be developed to assist elderly connecting with family and friends through Skype calls and emails, to follow their medication routine, to be reminded for special events or dates like family birthdays, to create their own memory ball with all those memories they like to treasure like photos, favourite songs etc. and reproduce them at any time they want, as well as to enhance their attention through cognitive games.