Florence + the machine (for helping dementia patients) - Pete Worthy

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Published Aug 3, 2020, 10:00 PM

Stuck for words? Florence can help you, but only if you want her to. Dementia sufferers sometimes need a hand to make their days go better. Enter Florence, the personalised AI that aids dementia sufferers to remember words, set reminders and conduct their affairs, in a manner that is sensitive to their own personalities, wants and needs. Having dementia sufferers and their carers form the core reference group drastically reconceptualised the way that the University of Queensland Co-innovation Lab developed this product. Peter Worthy explains the difficulties, and very worthwhile rewards, of co-creating with end-users from the very beginning.

Peter Worthy, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Co-innovation Lab, works in social robotics.

Further reading:

  • The Florence project – working with community to provide better care for those living with dementia

Music credits: Our theme music, Anders by Blue Dot Sessions, is licensed under an attribution non-commercial licence.

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