An affective robot based on artificial intelligence (IA) has been developed in Spain to try to help users to combat loneliness, express their feelings or emotions and improve their communication skills.
Baptized as Aiko and developed by the company Aisoy Robotics of the science park of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, in the Spanish region of Valencia, the robot has motors for body expression, microphones, camera and touch sensors with which to seek the most natural interaction possible and, thereby, try to improve well-being emotional user.
This artificial intelligence-based device seeks to help users combat the soledad, externalize your feelings O emotions, in addition to improving their communicative skills.
As social beings, humans need affection, entertainment and companionship, and this device “can mitigate the feeling of loneliness among older people and help them prevent mental illness and cognitive impairment,” the executive director of Aisoy Robotics, José Manuel del Río.
As for children, sometimes they don’t have enough confidence to talk about problems with parents or friends for fear of what they will say or think, but thanks to Aiko, he indicated, it can “help develop self-confidence, a basic element for proper emotional development and good mental health.”
“We are looking for a partner who listens without making value judgments. A good balance in our mood and our iemotional intelligence makes us feel better and more joyful and increases the ability to overcome any difficulty and that the pandemic It has made us remember, “he added.