Tessa, social robot
Central place in the house
Tessa is a social robot that pronounces the next scheduled appointment or task. It supports the daily structure and gives suggestions for activities.
The social robot stands at a central location in the resident's house and pronounces the day programme. The program of the day is as simple as a diary. As a family member, carer or caregiver you write a message and select the time when Tessa should report it. You can schedule a message at any time, from any location and when it suits you.
Dementia phase 2 and 3
People who exercise enough are less likely to develop dementia. Especially people who already have dementia, exercise is very good. Activation is what it's all about. Besides text, this is also possible with music. the desktop robot plays personal music at scheduled moments.
Tessa is mainly intended for people with dementia, phase 2 and 3, who still live at home. Informal carers or family members are able to use a handy app to regularly have the tinybot statements made via a calendar function or a direct message to speak. The messages can be very diverse, possibly initiated by home automation with the main goal of activating people with dementia in this phase.
NB There is no mutual communication.
Latest news about Tessa
Research deployment of social robot for people with dementia
Researchers from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Hanze University Groningen, Viaa University of Applied Sciences and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands have looked at the effect of social robots. The research shows that Tessa can be of significance for people with dementia living at home. Tessa can offer and activate a person with dementia structure, because she gives a reminder for appointments and daily activities. She does this by saying a message that has been entered beforehand by the caregiver. For example: "It is three o'clock. Good afternoon Mrs. Nijboer, would you like a cup of tea? In addition, Tessa can become a real 'buddy' for the person with dementia, if only because her voice breaks through the silence in the house. Moreover, she can play music....read more
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