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Chillin' with Jibo
On any given day, residents at Elder Care
Alliance (ECA) memory care and assisted
living centers can be found interacting with
Jibo, a voice-activated "social robot" born
in the labs of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. Jibo is a
tabletop device
that resembles a
miniature snowman, and the
ECA staff take it
around to meet
with residents on
a regular basis.

COURTESY OF ELDER CARE ALLIANCE

"We wondered
if Jibo would
'suck the residents in' and become the sole
focal point of the room, as often happens
with a tech device," says Erin Partridge,
ECA's experiential researcher-in-residence.
"Instead, as residents interacted with
Jibo, they would be elbowing each other at
his responses and talking about what he
said-the robot really does stimulate human
interaction."
Alexis Burck, senior living studio leader
at SmithGroup, agrees that digital companions, including interactive "friends" such as
Jibo and robotic pets, are a valuable addition and will become increasingly popular
in communities. "They provide seniors with
accessible and constant companionship,
while also serving as a monitoring system that increases safety, as staff can be
wired into data the robot is collecting," she
says.-MH

I also think that designers, as an industry, need to
approach 5G and other new technologies with some
professional skepticism," he says. "That would be best
for everyone involved, especially the residents."
While she seconds Warner's call for caution, ECA's
Partridge is also confident about technology's future in
senior living. "When implemented in a way that takes
both the needs and tech-related abilities of seniors
into account, it can play a major role in improving their
quality of life in senior living settings." EFA
Matthew Hall is a freelance writer/editor based in Cincinnati.
He can be reached at matt.hall56@icloud.com.
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