Social Robots like Mindy can be used for a variety of engaging activities such as music and movement, brain games, simple conversation and to support recreation leaders when they are hosting special events.
In addition to pre-planned activities with Mindy, the robot can help in a pinch. For example, if the guitar player gets sick and can’t do their regularly scheduled visit, staff can bring out Mindy for some impromptu sing-alongs.
If there is an outbreak and residents are not permitted to gather in your common area, you can take Mindy to resident suites for some quality 1:1 games or a virtual video call / visit with their family or friends. When the visit is over, simply wipe down the hard plastic exterior with a disinfecting wipe and Mindy is ready to meet the next person!
The options for engaging, entertaining and educational interactions are continuing to expand as people get more comfortable with the basics.
Music and Movement
The most popular activity so far with Mindy in both active living and memory care areas is to play music and songs – along with changing Mindy’s facial expression and arm movements. We have several options for how to play music – using pre-loaded songs with large-font displays for the lyrics or using an app like Amazon Music or Spotify.
Residents seem to enjoy mimicking Mindy’s arm movements – getting in a bit of light exercise while singing along to the music.
Above are some photos from a Saskatchewan Roughriders ‘tailgate’ party and a Toronto Blue Jays/Regina Red Sox baseball party at Revera Green Falls Landing (June 2022). We found a few versions of ‘Take me out to the Ballgame’ for Mindy to ‘sing’ and the classic “If You’re Happy and You Know it”.
With a 10″ Android tablet on it’s chest, games can provide lots of fun while helping support cognitive well-being.
When the robot is delivered to your residence, we will pre-load some games to get started. Then, using a remote management system, we can add new apps or provide seasonal content as desired.
Mindy comes with a separate tablet that a ‘robot handler’ can use to make the robot talk, move and change facial expressions. Using the iRemoter app is very easy – so the robot handler can be a staff person, family member or even residents/older adults themselves.
The newest version of Mindy offers integration with ChatGPT. It is still early days for this ‘conversation’, but we’ll be teaching customers to use a ‘wake word’ and learn how best to use the chat capability. We’re starting with our new app: Chat Time (see above).
Introducing Mindy’s Newest App: Chat Time
In addition to tapping phrases or typing new words into the iRemoter app (using ‘text-to-speech’) to have Mindy say what you want, we are developing a new app called: Chat Time to learn how to leverage Chat GPT for voice-enabled conversation and interactions.
Simply say: “Let’s Chat” and Mindy will let you know that the app is ready by saying: “I am here.” Then ask Mindy to ‘Make a Move’, ‘Play Trivia’ or ‘Talk to Me’.
The app will be launched (in beta) at the AGE-WELL National Conference on October 24, 2023. Click here to download a copy of our latest marketing flyer.
Trivia Questions can be refreshed regularly so you can play any time and learn some new trivia facts as you go along!
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We are eager to hear from you about how social robots can help in your retirement home, LTC/assisted living facility or community program. Please contact us today!