NAME Harry

AGE 82


Harry Combats Loneliness

Harry has spent long periods of time on his own this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is healthy for his age and is capable of taking care of himself, so he can stay in his home without assistance. But Harry has been feeling lonely and isolated — missing his weekly card game with friends and seeing his grandchildren at family gatherings.

Harry’s doctor recommended he bring home a robot companion to keep him company throughout the day. The robot is capable of listening to him, responding and assisting with tasks around the house.

Robot Friends and VR for Loneliness During the Pandemic

A result of the isolation that individuals have endured due to the COVID-19 pandemic include feelings of loneliness and depression. To help those experiencing these types of feelings, technologists, researchers and healthcare workers are tapping into the benefits of using “robot friends” and VR for loneliness.

Read the Article on IEEE Transmitter

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