Described as the world's most therapeutic robot, Paro was developed by the The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba in the early 1990s.
The furry, white, harp seal robot reacts to being petted and was designed as a kind of animal therapy for people in hospitals and nursing homes. Paro's tactile sensors allow it to respond to touch by moving its tail and opening and closing its eyes.
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