Thursday, April 10, 2008

Paro robot set to bring its healing powers to the US

It's already become a star in Japan, and it now looks like the therapeutic Paro
robot is about to make its US debut at long last. That'll officially
happen at the Robo Business Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh this
week, after which the bots will be available "shortly" for $5,000
apiece directly from a new joint venture set up by Japan's Intelligent
System Co. and Walter Weisel, a former head of the Robotic Industries
Association of the United States. As in Japan, it'll apparently be
primarily targeted at nursing care facilities, but we can't help but
think that at least a few of the critters will find their way into the
hands of some slightly more mischievous individuals as well.

Article Link (Gizmodo)

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