Speed dating with robots can help people with dementia


At present, there are 250, 000 people in the Netherlands who suffer from dementia and their number is expected to double by 2040. However, speed dating with Tessa – a small talking robot designed by Tinybots, can help by taking a step further in the care of people affected by dementia.

For the last one year Tinybots has been developing Tessa – a small talking robot designed to help people with dementia. Tessa does this by giving the people daily reminders and suggestions and playing personal music. In this way the families of people who suffer from dementia do not need to turn into “walking calendars” who have to repeat the same thing hundred times a day, Wang Long Li, CEO of Tinybots, explained in an interview.

With the speed dating with robots event at the De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap in Groningen the team of Tinybots was trying to take one step further in the improvement of Tessa. The purpose of the event was to find out what kind of person likes what kind of personality, hence, what personality should be developed for each of the four different types of Tessa. All enthusiasts, who were queueing eager to speed date with Tessa, had a one-minute conversation with each of the four different Tessa robots. After that, they had to fill in a form which robot they liked and why.

But how exactly can Tessa help people with dementia?  You can find out here in my interview with the CEO of Tessa:

Note: The filming of the video was made in collaboration with Kalina Tekelieva.

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