Cuddly company – Babyloid robot aids depressed elderly in Japan

16 Feb

Japan has developed a therapeutic robot baby designed to help ease depression among elderly people by keeping them company.

Masayoshi Kanoh, an associate professor at Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture, presented the latest version of ‘Babyloid’ at a robotics conference in November.

Babyloid’s round, silicon face has two black eyes and a small mouth that can produce a smile. LED lights in its cheeks turn red to signify contentment. Blue LED tears indicate that it is unhappy.

Kanoh reports that in experimental studies at a retirement home, users interacted with the robot for an average of seven to eight minutes per sitting and a total of 90 minutes each day.

See the baby robot in action here

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