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AI virtual companions in elderly care

Shourjya Sanyal of Forbes shares examples of how artificial intelligence is being incorporated virtual companions.

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"The lack of skilled caregivers who can help elderly patients who live alone and require daily assistance, has given rise to need for robotic helpers. Robots like Catalia Health's Mabu, Intuition Robotics' ElliQ, CT Asia Robotics’ Dinsow and Reiken's Robobear are virtual home assistants for elderly who live alone and require daily assistance as well as companionship. Mabu is a conversational robot that can not only provide tailored conversations to each patient but can obtain the hard-to-get data about treatment. Whereas ElliQ is aimed at keeping older adults active and engaged by connecting them to their families and the outside world." Full story by Shourjya Sanyal: Mabu Personal Healthcare Companion from Catalia Health: ELLIQ - The active aging companion:

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Lauren Ito, Thanks, Your posts are very meaningful!

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