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Paro

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Paro is a robotic baby harp seal designed as a therapeutic tool for use in hospitals and nursing homes. The robot is programmed to cry for attention and respond to its name. It includes an off switch.

Creator
AIST
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2004
Type
Medical
Creator
AIST
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2004
Type
Medical

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Specs

FEATURES
Voice sampled from real baby harp seals. Covered with white antibacterial fur. Equipped with an internal heating system that keeps its body warm.
HEIGHT
16 cm | 6.3 in
LENGTH
57 cm | 22.4 in
WIDTH
35 cm | 13.8 in
WEIGHT
2.7 kg | 6 lb
SPEED
N/A km/h | N/A mph

SENSORS
Light sensor, temperature sensor, tactile sensors (body and whiskers), microphone array.
ACTUATORS
Seven motors
POWER
Nickel-metal hydride battery, 1.5 hour of operation
COMPUTING
Two 32-bit RISC processors
SOFTWARE
Custom software
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
7 (Neck: 2 DoF; Flipper: 1 DoF x 2; Tail: 1 DoF; Eyelid: 1 DoF x 2)
MATERIALS
Plastic skeleton and body covered with soft white fur.
COST
$6,000
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
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.
WEBSITE
http://parorobots.com