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Paro's pacifier doubles as its charger.
Paro has received the title of "World's Most Therapeutic Robot" from Guinness World Records.
- Voice sampled from real baby harp seals. Covered with white antibacterial fur. Equipped with an internal heating system that keeps its body warm.
- 16 cm | 6.3 in
- 57 cm | 22.4 in
- 35 cm | 13.8 in
- 2.7 kg | 6 lb
- N/A km/h | N/A mph
- Light sensor, temperature sensor, tactile sensors (body and whiskers), microphone array.
- Seven motors
- Nickel-metal hydride battery, 1.5 hour of operation
- Two 32-bit RISC processors
- Custom software
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 7 (Neck: 2 DoF; Flipper: 1 DoF x 2; Tail: 1 DoF; Eyelid: 1 DoF x 2)
- Plastic skeleton and body covered with soft white fur.
Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) started the Paro project in 1993. Led by researcher Takanori Shibata, the project unveiled a first-generation robot in 1998. In the years that followed, several new models were developed. In 2004, the eighth generation of the Paro series was developed, and in the following year the robot was commercialized in Japan. In 2009, Paro was introduced in Europe and the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration certified the robot as a "biofeedback medical device." Paro has been used in hospitals and care facilities in about 30 countries.