IBM Develops a Voice-Enabled Eldercare Robot

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IBM Research and Rice University have created a prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA), a Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers.

Running on the IBM Cloud and a Softbank Pepper robot interface, IBM MERA uses IBM Watson technologies and CameraVitals, a technology designed at Rice University that calculates vital signs by recording video of a person's face. These technologies allow IBM MERA to obtain readings on patients' heart and breathing. Combined with IBM Watson Speech to Text and Text to Speech APIs, the camera can also view if a fall has occurred and provide information for caregivers.

IBM MERA is also designed to interact with individuals using IBM Watson Speech to Text, Text to Speech, and Natural Language Classifier APIs.

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