A robot has been designed to help dementia sufferers cope with often difficult day-to-day tasks.
Mario the robot may set you back a staggering £15,000, but its creators hope that they are going some way to introducing everyday household technology for sufferers of dementia.
While Mario is able to tell the time, plan future events, forecast the weather, and find your keys and phone, its creators have big plans for the robot.
According to a recent study, a third of those suffering from dementia admit to feeling lonely, and Mario is designed to be a human-replacement offering much-needed companionship.
Andy Bleaden, the council official responsible for the pilot scheme in Stockport and Greater Manchester, said: “We want to bring in a reminiscence tool that uses pictures from family photographs, weddings, holidays.”
George McNamara, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Mario could be a game-changer for people with dementia. It shows the potential of technology to transform the quality of life, the enjoyment, the health of people with dementia. It could change the way we think of the kind of support that is available.”