this paper we present “Homie” an artificial companion
for elderly people. Our approach emphasizes amusement and
benefit - amusement in form of entertainment and benefit in
terms of medical care.
The key to awake elderly people’s emotional engagement
in an artificial companion is its emotional behavior. Therefore,
we propose a companion that does not look technical, which
is mostly associated with the words cold and impersonal. Furthermore
it features facial expression and gesture. An important design
aspect was that it is no additional burden for elderly people.
Engaging with it is free and fun.
An Artificial Companion for Elderly People
to the Research Group for Industrial Software (INSO)
for their support.