Australian first: private operator Elements Retirement Living introduces $40K companion robot for residents

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Developed by Brisbane start-up tech company Conpago, ‘Pepper’ has moved into its Springwood village in Queensland where it has been engaging with residents through conversation and a touch screen.

The robots use tablet-based software which takes the core features of a smartphone, such as calling, text messages and calendar reminders, and uses them to recognise faces and emotions, remind residents of their schedules, when to take medication, and can even lead them in dance sessions.

At $40,000 a pop, they’re not cheap – but they are available to rent to residents.