Gallery: Cuddly Babyloid Robot Comforts Lonely Senior Citizens

 

The Japanese have a knack for inventing robots to replace human interaction – so far we’ve seen guide dogs, machines to assist elderly peoples’ movement, and even kissing machines. Now, Japanese researchers have developed Babyloid – a cuddly, interactive robot designed to relieve lonely senior citizens of depression. The cozy Babyloid fusses and coos until its caretaker comforts it, igniting a nurturing response in lonely folks.

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  1. msyin January 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    The last sentence in this story makes my point for me. For $1,250 how much does it cost for a person to visit their parent, grandparent or to just interact with that even if you have no personal family connection. The underlying issue is trying to be solved by technology and that too is a growing social phenomenon that is part of our present in more than just Japan. Remember the elderly left at home who died in France during that heat wave. Compassion and care is priceless and what makes us human.

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