Toymaker Hasbro and scientists at Brown University have received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to find ways to add artificial intelligence to Hasbro's "Joy for All" robotic cat as a way to help older adults with simple tasks.
The cat that's currently on the market is aimed at seniors and meant to act as a "companion."
The new three-year project aims to develop additional capabilities to help older adults with simple tasks.
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They're still working out what those tasks might be, but say it could include finding lost objects, or reminding the owner to call her daughter or go to a doctor's appointment.
The scientists hope they can be used to help older adults remain in their homes longer.