I have been doing a lot of thinking, since discovering Mycroft earlier this year, about how one might apply it. Sure I have it running at home, I have written a few skills. My daughter has been looking at a school project based on developing ideas for products that would help someone who is elderly or disabled. The root of this idea is traceable back to my Mother, who fitted both of this categories.
To be honest I couldn’t see how Mycroft could have helped my mother at that time in her life when I first discovered it. Earlier on then perhaps yes. At the end of last month she decided it was time to go on the next big adventure and have a closer look at the stars. A relief for her and for us to be honest. What this has done is leave my Father alone and while he says he is alright I am not convinced that long periods of solitude is healthy. Sadly he rejects any ideas of leaving the house to find company or entertainment.
So here’s my thinking. Could Mycroft become a companion? Not only in an autonomous way but also to be able to link to other Mycroft seasons to allow either direct or indirect communications, with myself, for example. I have already considered doing some skill research to allow Mycroft to lead a conversation. It asks you something and responds to your answer. It could announce something, based on your previous activities, such as a television program that is due to start. Obviously opens up an multitude of opportunities to develop the system.
My first challenge is to get a computer based device into his house, including connecting him to the internet, so it is a steep hill that I climb. It seems clear to me that the Mark 1 or 2 would be ideal. I would setup a VPN from my house to his so that I could remote administrate the device. Easily done. Convincing him to actually have “an infernal machine”, as he often refers to anything resembling a computer, that’s another problem.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts for the moment. The hot weather has departed the UK now and this weekend we are going to get a lot of rain. So I will hopefully get some time to architect some skill software and have a play about with some ideas.