RAPP – CERTH interviewed by the Greek TV channel “SKAI”

RAPP – CERTH interviewed by the Greek TV channel “SKAI”


Reporter 1: So let’s go to Thessaloniki Reporter 2: As we are romantic people and Thessaloniki is a romantic city! But we are also up to date regarding technological achievements Young people nowdays are increasingly making use of technology Our reporter in Thessaloniki, Stavros has an interesting story to share with us Stavros: Good Morning, I would to introduce you to NAO.. He speaks for himself! NAO is the robot you can see Let’s hear what it has to say It is telling us what it can do Reporter 1: Let’s send it to the Eurogroup meeting Stavros: It is not interested! Reporter 2: Ask it about Varoufakis! Reporter 2: Oh, it’s rising! Reporter 2: It is not going to tell us.. Reporter 1: We are still negotiating.. Stavros: It just said hello sky Reporter 1: Magnificent! Reporter 2: Please explain what this is all about, it seems very interesting Stavros: The robot we see is called NAO. We have with us today, Fotis Psomopoulos and Manos Tsardoulias. Both are post doctoral researchers in CERTH Fotis will tell us what NAO can do Fotis:Good Morning everyone! NAO is a robot that we are using in a research project in CERTH. The project is called RAPP RAPP is a project about social inclusion of the elderly and improvement of their quality of life in the environment of their home The project coordinator is CERTH. We have partners all around Europe and also AUTH university is involved Reporter 1: Can you further clarify on what improvement in their everyday life will the elderly experience? Fotis: NAO will be able to provide useful information, for example a reminder to take prescription medicine NAO will also be able to detect hazards within the house, like a window forgotten open or a switched on oven NAO will keep company to people with motor function disabilities and provide reminders concerning calender events like doctor visits etc Reporter 1: So, can NAO keep you company? Fotis: Of course! NAO was made from a French company with the primary goal of keeping company It is designed in order to keep company and encourage social inclusion of the elderly It has many capabilities, like talking, reading text and speaking it out loud Reporter 1: It is speaking English only? Fotis: For the time yes, but it will be speaking Greek also in the future Stavros: Let’s see it sitting down Reporter 1: He speaks! He responds accordingly! Reporter 1: Why don’t you tell it to walk around a bit? Manos: We can combine available options to form commands Stavros: Let’s have it walk around! It is telling us the available options We are telling it to move with voice commands. Reporter 1: Sit down we say! Reporter 2: Slowly.. slowly.. I can see it is sitting down like a person.. and it has a competent level of agility. Incredible! Reporter 1: Can it also lie down? Manos: We can combine commands to form complex actions Reporter 1: Ask it what football team he supports! I bet it’s PAOK (greek football team) Stavros: PAOK for sure! Reporter 2: Have a nice day! We wish you the best for your project Reporter 1: I would like to ask what the future of the project is going to be.. but I guess it’s too soon for that Fotis: Yes we are still in the initial steps of the project.. but it holds great future promise Reporter 2: Of course.. we understand. Have a nice day again!

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