Among the people most affected by COVID-19 are older adults, not only because they can contract the disease, but because of the isolation caused by quarantines. With the pandemic, it has been difficult for them to communicate or see their loved ones.
For that reason, the Japanese company Takara tomy developed a doll with artificial intelligence (AI). Her name is Ami-Chan and she aims to keep older adults active and accompanied with conversations and multiple functions.
The doll has a facial recognition chip to identify people and, with its artificial intelligence, it is able to develop a personality and vary its reactions and dialogues depending on the contact it has with it.
Also, Ami-Chan integrates a calendar, so you can have conversations according to the season or time of year you are in, or even talk about scheduled birthdays.
The doll can also propose healthy meals, sing and say tongue twisters, which are activities capable of stimulating certain areas of the brain and preventing deterioration due to age. It has a vocabulary of 1,600 words, 40 songs, and 53 tongue twisters.
Although nothing can replace a real person, the idea of the doll is that it is the closest thing to one. That is why her appearance simulates that of a “little granddaughter” and, in fact, her voice is that of a girl, not that of a robot. In addition, Ami-Chan is 12 inches tall and made of a sturdy material to make it easy to hold and cuddle.
Ami-Chan, which uses only four C-batteries, is part of Takara Tomy’s communication product line, Omnibot. It will initially launch in Japan on August 27 and will cost 27,500 yen ($ 250).