Misty II: A Partner in Socially Assistive Therapy

Misty II Socially Assistive Robot

Socially Assistive Robots Have a Role to Play

Socially assistive robots can play a compelling role in augmenting therapists’ work.  Research shows that there is a natural acceptance of robots in assistive roles by the individuals with whom they engage, and they drive higher engagement than traditional screen-based devices often used in therapy. Socially assistive robots can:
  • Expand capacity for 1:1, personalized support and address resource limitations
  • Enable continuance of therapy in the home and increase its frequency
  • Provide motivation and drive engagement
  • Supplement family resources where there is lack of in-home knowledge and/or time
  • Accelerate rehabilitation to insure positive outcomes
  • Enable quality of life relative to daily living
  • Assist in achieving independence

Misty II is a Platform for Therapy

Misty II is the first professional-grade platform robot enabling therapists, researchers, and companies building applications for therapy use to deliver socially assistive robotic solutions to those in need.  Out of the box, Misty is ready for your developers to build skills (robot applications) that take full advantage of her capabilities such as detecting and recognizing people; communicating via voice (third party NLP integrations); capturing photos, collecting data and sharing; conveying personality; autonomously moving about a room; mapping a room in 3D and more.  Building skills for Misty is straight forward using either her JavaScript or C# SDK. You’ll find clear docs, sample code and tutorials to get you started.

Robot developer skill ecosystem
Misty II as Part of Your Therapy Team

Put Misty to Work as a Part of Your Therapy Team

With the help of a developer, Misty II can take on a wide variety of therapy assignments.

  • Autism Therapy – Misty becomes part of the treatment team for children with autism especially in the areas of communications and social interaction.
  • Speech and Language Pathology – Misty assists in exercises targeted at the planning, sequencing, and coordination of muscle movements for speech production.
  • Social Skill Modeling and Training – Misty joins therapists in training individuals in social skills and interaction associated with autism and other behavioral disorders.
  • Language Learning – Misty helps in the learning of English or other languages as a second language with flash card exercises, quizzes and more.

Health and Wellness
  • Emotional Regulation – Misty participates in affective therapy to improve the general mood and well-being of an individual as well as help with episodes of mood disturbance.
  • Rehabilitative Therapy – Misty assists with and motivates rehabilitation after a debilitating medical occurrence through specialized skills like learning by imitation.
  • Cognitive Training – Misty works with her human to improve aspects of cognition, such as memory through skills anchored on cognitive training.
  • Companionship – Misty serves as a companion, keeping her human engaged while reducing loneliness, with a wide range of skills such as games and exercise activities.

Activities of Daily Living
  • Daily Living Assistance – Misty serves as a coach to remind and instruct on tasks essential to daily life, helping the individual to assist in achieving independence