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Robot Directs Alzheimer's Patients

Students at a college in Massachusetts have designed a robot that is supposed to help Alzheimer's patients in the early stages of the disease maintain indepence. The voice-activated device, called MindScout, would be used by both patients as well as their caregivers. Consisting of a computer and keyboard, the robot records reminders from a caregiver and converts the speech into text for the patient to read on a screen.

The device also holds up to 200 cues to aid caregivers when asked the same question multiple times. While the pricey device ($20,000) is years away from being marketed, the research team hopes to build the prototype in the next year and find funding for it.

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