A new robot, called 'Pepper', has recently been developed to help take care of people with dementia by recognizing their emotions. The humanoid robot with artificial intelligence has been developed by SoftBank Mobile. It is the world's first robot designed to serve people by recognizing their emotions.
Pepper is set to retail for 198,000 yen on the consumer market in February. SoftBank Mobile hopes to develop the robot to act as a conversation partner for those suffering from dementia. During its visit at Nishi-Koigakubo Ninjin Home, a special elderly nursing home in western Tokyo, Pepper played a game and showed off its dancing skills, because of the installation of a prototype program.
SoftBank Mobile company plans to develop a program to provide better support for dementia patients, such as by adding a function to encourage the elderly to talk about their memories.