By moving its tail and reacting to movement or touch, the Smart Teddy offers seniors companionship in the home. At the same time it uses sensors to estimate how the physical and mental Quality of Life (QoL) of a senior is progressing and check for potential dangers. Support can be offered if the QoL level declines. Emergency interventions can also be dispatched if a danger is detected (e.g., smoke, cries for help). Aimed at seniors with early onset of dementia, the goal is to help them stay longer in their own home and delay the need to have them placed in a professional care facility.
This video illustrates how we conduct research together with our students using an iterative process. Each step of the project builds on all the work performed before to go further and reach new results.