Charlie, a robot designed by Rajiv Khosla, an Indian Institute of Technology alumni and a professor from La Trobe University, Australia, can walk, talk, sing and can even detect how a person feels. Specifically designed assist people with dementia, autism, brain injuries and other serious problems, Charlie may cost about 90,000 Rs.
The 20 cm. robot can learn and intuitively assess moods of a person, and can read facial feelings too. It can read 11 languages including several Indian languages. It is equipped with cross cultural understanding and can be personalized based on language, culture and lifestyle.
The robots can be very useful in helping and monitoring elder citizens as it can link with internet and send video, mail and sms related messages to relatives, close family. The application developers are looking for partners to enter market in a big way.