A six-pound baby seal robot is being used by about 40 medical agencies and hospitals throughout the country for dementia therapy, specifically for patients who can’t speak, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.
The seal, who can cry, blink his eyes, and move parts of his body in response to sound and touch, encourages dementia patient interaction, and can inspire patients to recall memories about animal experiences. The robot was designed as a seal to be nonthreatening, as some people might dislike cats or dogs.
The robot was developed in Japan and is handmade. It can recognize light and temperature, and develops its own personality over time.
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