Video: Technology Tuesday December 12, 2017
Technology Tuesday December 12, 2017
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:11:34 +0000Technology Tuesday December 12, 2017Technology Tuesday December 12, 2017http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/7209663?cpt=8&wpid=2637KAMCwith toy-maker 'hasbro' to make an intelligent, robotic companion for senior citizens. bryan these robot pets could be a big help for folks dealing with health problems. our 'kim kalunian' shows us what they're developing. recognize this guy? the original hasbro animatronic -- the 1990's furby -- paved the way for this the "joy for all" cats and dogs are geared toward seniors -- hasbro's ted fischer says their prototype testing room is normally reserved for kids -- but not this time. ted fischer vp of business development, hasbro: we brought a group of seniors into our fun lab.. it was about 30 walkers and wheelchairs so it was a very different audience and it was as much fun if not more fun to have this group of folks in there. now, armed with a $1 million dollar national science foundation grant, brown is teaming with hasbro to turn these cuddly toys into highly advanced pieces of artificial intelligence bertram malle, brown university: our idea was, we can bring expertise for the artificial intelligence, for the mechanics and the human robot interaction side, and they are one of the best companies to build at a very small scale and an affordable scale, something that can really be distributed to a lot of people ted fischer vp of business development, hasbro: we were neophytes in this space, in this aging and senior space, but brown and brown medical have an incredible geriatric department and those types of things. the project is called aries - or affordable robotic intelligence for elderly support. brown professor bertram malle says the cat or dog would contain a tiny processor and sensors for sight, sound and touch - not only to interact with their user, but to log information and help seniors with mild dementia remember what they otherwise might forget: bertram malle brown university: it makes itself known and reminds the person: my point towards the medication box that the person hadn't thought of and then maybe the person carries sit there and right there behind the newspaper it is and they hadn't found it previously. inside the hasbro model shop director of model development patrick marr shows the inner workings of their creations -- from eyes -- and skeletons -- to the motherboards that power them -- while just a few miles away at brown's labs, they're working on the cutting edge technology to help these toys one day communicate with users, smartphones and computers. bryan 'kim kalunian' reporting. the folks at 'brown' hope to have a working prototype by next summer.. and if everything goes well.. hasbro could have this on store shelves within three years.