Developed by a research team at the University of Toronto with the support of Mitacs, a national non-profit organization, Ludwig was unveiled at One Kenton Place, a retirement home in North York that cares for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The 60-cm-high mechanical boy can talk and move to keep patients socially engage.
His real job is to monitor the patient’s speech and cognitive patterns, and report on any declining conditions.
“The job of a health-care professional is busy and demanding,” said Dr. Frank Rudzicz, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s department of computer science and a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
“The robot provides social interaction between visits by health-care professionals and speeds up the process of monitoring and assessing the well-being of patients.”
Ludwig is equipped with a sensor for audio and video, has a microphone in his ears, and a camera in his eyes to assess patients and instantly develop a report for health-care professionals to analyze.