Talking robots could be used to combat loneliness and boost mental health in care homes
By Lianne Kolirin
Updated 1722 GMT (0122 HKT) September 8, 2020
Pepper engages in conversation with a care home resident.
London (CNN)Talking robots that interact with older people could be introduced into care homes to help fight loneliness and mental ill health.
Pepper, a "culturally competent robot," was tested on care home residents in Britain and Japan -- those who interacted with it for up to 18 hours over the course of two weeks "saw a significant improvement in their mental health," researchers found.