More Robots for Elders in Japan
Robot development continues apace in Japan, a rapidly aging society where human babies are going out of style. Babyloid is the latest cyber-tot to spring from the minds of engineers with little apparent regard for how scary their progeny are.
Inspired by a baby beluga whale, Babyloid is designed to be a therapeutic robot for depressed seniors, similar to Takanori Shibata’s robot seal Paro. Studies have suggested that caring for dolls can improve the lives of adults suffering from dementia.