Meet Paro, the therapeutic robot seal
November 21, 2003 | Source: CNN
Prototypes of Paro, a stuffed animal seal robot, are being tested at nursing homes and with autistic and handicapped children.
Surface tactile sensors beneath its fur and whiskers trigger Paro to move and respond to petting: eyes open and close, flippers move. Just holding and stroking the critter has a calming effect.