09 Oct '13, 3pm
Singapore creates cuddly robot-monkey to help care for elderly
The latest in cuddly toy tech has emerged in the form of HuGGler, an interactive monkey-companion capable of recognising non-verbal acts that are tied to the emotional state of a person. The Singaporean toy is designed to not only entertain, but help with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by providing clinicians with data related to the patient's interactive and behavioural patterns. The developers claim the information is so detailed that it can be used to effectively help detect early signs of certain mental illnesses.