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.

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