Robot adds pepper to retired life
A QUEENSLAND aged-care home has introduced a $40,000 talking robot in a bid to combat loneliness among residents.
Pepper the friendly robot can recognise faces and emotions, remind residents of their schedules or when to take medication – or even lead them in a dance session. Residents say she – they’ve decided Pepper is female – is already a much-loved member of Elements Retired Living in Brisbane.
In an Australian first, Brisbane start-up tech company Conpago has designed robots to interact and entertain the elderly in aged-care homes throughout the country. Pepper is the first to be placed.
The core of the system is the Conpago Companion, tabletbased software that takes the core features of a smartphone and allows the robot to engage with residents through conversation and a touch screen.
OUTSPOKEN: Alex Turnbull outside the home of Malcolm Turnbull, right.
LOVED: Carol Sukkar with Pepper the robot.