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Robotic Baby Seal Wins Top Award 86

SilentOneNCW writes "The BBC has an article up about everyone's favourite creature — the robotic baby seal. This seal, called Paro, is fitted with sensors beneath its fur and whiskers that allow it to respond to petting. The idea is that by utilizing these sensors and flapping its arms, it can engage in therapy for older patients in nursing homes. It has won a service prize from the Japanese government sponsored Robot Awards 2006. The awards were set up earlier this year by the Japanese government to promote research and development in the robotics industry. Robots are widely used in Japan and are seen as a way to help deal with an aging population, maintaining the labour force and helping care for the elderly."
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Robotic Baby Seal Wins Top Award

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  • Re:why? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Tim Browse ( 9263 ) on Saturday December 23, 2006 @06:10AM (#17347248)

    If there a pet shortage in Japan?

    I think it's more to do with not having the space [blogspot.com] for pets.

  • Re:Robotic club (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 23, 2006 @11:35AM (#17348108)
    Jokes aside, I bet most of you have never tasted seal meat. I'm not a big meat eater at all, but it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Better than almost all meat/fish I've had before. It's a pretty dark brown color, so it looks a bit scary at first, but once you taste it... It's one of those desert island foods IMO. The sad part is how hard it is to find a specialized butcher that sells some (closest is a few hours away). One of my friends' dad hunts seal though, so I manage to get some from him sometimes.

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