Alfie was created to help elderly users stay independent and engaged

Social robots continue to gain attention for their ability to take on multiple tasks. But one team envisions the robot form as the perfect way to practice an important role—keeping elderly people engaged and independent.

The University of London School of Computer Science created the ENRICHME project to focus specifically on elderly communities. The acronym stands for ENabling Robot and assisted living environment for Independent Care and Health Monitoring of the Elderly.

One of the projects in ENRICHME is Alfie, a prototype of a social robot recently presented to residents at LACE Housing Association. Alfie can help users with tasks like remembering to take their medication. It can also set up video calls.

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