Researchers at the University of Waterloo, led by Dr. Jesse Hoey of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, are in the midst of developing a virtual assistant designed to help persons living with Alzheimer’s disease in their completion of everyday tasks. This new technology, which the scientists have dubbed “ACT@Home”, will act as an in-home tool that is able to detect the user’s emotional state and accordingly provide directions on how to manage their daily activities. Hoey said in a press release that “this prototype will work by building a model of what’s going on emotionally in the mind of someone with cognitive difficulty and then prompting them to complete an activity of daily living in a way that makes sense to them in that moment”. One optimistic belief, held by the creators, is for the device to alleviate the amount of a partner in care’s input throughout the day and make their work easier. The team has already published two articles about this project and say it will be available for in-home use within 4 years.
AUTHOR: Magdalena Kegel
DATE RETRIEVED: September 7, 2017