Artificially Intelligent Homes for Alzheimer's Patients Coming: ScientistsBy CBCNews.ca,
Publication Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007
Article describes an artificial-intelligence system to support aging-in-place for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairments. Developed by scientists at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the system includes a “talking bathroom” featuring a computer screen showing instructive videos such as how to wash one’s hands. According to a study, participants’ ability to complete hand-washing steps without help from a caregiver increased by about 25 percent with the talking bathroom. The researchers have also created an emergency alert system that uses ceiling-mounted cameras linked to computers running image-analysis software to determine whether a person has fallen down. The system would then ask if the person needs help, and use a voice-recognition system to process the response. A laboratory-staged study showed that the emergency-response system detected 77 percent of falls.
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