IBM Research and Rice University have teamed up to design a
prototype robot tasked with helping senior citizens. Dubbed IBM MERA for
Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, the device is enabled with IBM’s Watson
technology. Watson is a speech-to-text and text-to-speech computer system
developed by IBM. In IBM MERA, the application is designed to aid the elderly
and assist caregivers.
The joint research project is housed in the
newly opened ThinkLab’s “Aging in Place environment” located in Austin, TX. IBM
Research is studying how data collected from a room’s atmosphere, motion and
the act of falling, as well as audio and olfactory sensors can be used to improve
eldercare provided by caregivers. In addition to Watson technologies, IBM MERA’s
researchers hope to use the robot to study new, innovative ways to measure
vital signs, answer basic health-related questions and determine whether an
individual has fallen through CameraVitals—a Rice University engineered
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