Demonstration of an Always-On Companion for Isolated Older Adults

Abstract

We summarize the status of an ongoing project to develop and evaluate a companion for isolated older adults. Four key scientific issues in the project are: embodiment , interaction paradigm, engagement and relationship. The system architecture is extensible and handles real-time behaviors. The system supports multiple activities, including discussing the weather, playing cards, telling stories, exercise coaching and video conferencing. A live, working demo system will be presented at the meeting.

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