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Sweden: 'Social Robot' designed to recognise very early stages of Alzheimers

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Published on Aug 25, 2016

A group of robotics researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Thursday, unveiled the pilot version of their social robot Furhat, that it is hoped can be used to assist in recognising the very early stages of Alzheimers disease.

The professors Jonas Beskow and Joakkim Gustafson developed a robot which can detect the speech of patients with Alzheimers and help the medical personnel and patients to cope with the disease. According to the professor of speech communication Jonas Beskow, the prototype "is based on a very simple principle, it's a plastic mask like this one and there's a projector on the back that projects an animated face". The robot is operated with a large number of 3D and depth cameras, which makes it the most expressive robot in the world.

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