MARIO project: A multicenter survey about companion robot acceptability in caregivers of patients with dementia

Sancario et.al (2017) set out to determine the needs and preferences of caregivers in improving assistance for people with dementia. They showed caregivers a six minute video on technology devices and then asked them to complete a questionnaire, exploring acceptability, functionality, support devices and impact. The team’s objective is that MARIO will help address loneliness and isolation for people with dementia and the robot uses technology that tries to create real feelings so that it might be easier for the person with dementia to accept help from a robot. Over 64% of caregivers regarded MARIO as useful or moderately useful in improving quality of life. Caregivers prioritised robot acceptability, recording as important or very important items such as the robot having a human like appearance, a familiar voice and being able to display emotional expression. They also rated highly items relating to functionality such as face and voice recognition. The authors emphasise the value of stakeholder involvement in the development of such technologies.
Title: 
MARIO project: A multicenter survey about companion robot acceptability in caregivers of patients with dementia
Date: 
2017
References: 
Sancarlo, D., D’Onofrio, G., Oscar, J., Ricciardi, F., Casey, D., Murphy, K., Giuliani, F. and Greco, A., 2016, June. MARIO Project: A Multicenter Survey About Companion Robot Acceptability in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia. In Italian Forum of Ambient Assisted Living (pp. 311-336). Springer, Cham.