Giraffe robot aids dementia sufferers

A team of Queensland researchers has found a unique way to help people living with dementia stay in contact with their friends and family.

More and more Australians are being diagnosed with dementia, and for many it can be a very lonely life, particularly if their relatives cannot visit them regularly.

In response the researchers have created a mobile robot with an inbuilt camera, which can be used to set up video calls between people with dementia and their loved ones.

Professor Wendy Moyle from the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre says the giraffe-shaped robot, named Gerry, is designed to facilitate video calls and has been described as Skype on wheels — via

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