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Paro is a therapeutic robot, based on a baby harp seal. It was developed for people who cannot keep pets, either because they can't care for them, or because they're not allowed to. It features tactile sensors (including in the whiskers), optical sensors, temperature sensors and a posture sensor. It learns to recognise your voice and moves towards you. According to the label at the Miraikan in Tokyo, where this robot was exhibited, research shows that spending time with the Paro robot delivers similar benefits to a real pet in reducing stress.

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Paro, a therapeutic robot in Japan
Location:Tokyo, Japan
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Date (GMT):13/10/12 06:58
Original size:4272 x 2848 pixels
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