Weighing around 6.5kgs and at about 39cm tall, Charlie the baby-faced robot can sing and dance, read the news, tell jokes, make phone calls for you, receive text and voice messages, videos and pictures.
Robots like Charlie can remind a person to take their medication, monitor their mood and adjust activities to suit and keep friends and relatives connected to their loved one from a distance.
“The primary mission of the research centre is to address social issues in our society especially social issues related to educating population, social issues related to mental and physical disabilities. Our purpose is to integrate social design with the technology design in a social context. Health care, care for people with dementia, care for people with autism is one of our main focus areas,” Prof. Khosla said.