Wednesday, June 25, 2008

... and speaking of robots ....

Found this interesting video of the Sony Aibo, an electronic pet "dog" marketed by Sony a few years back.

Unlike the maker of the video, I just don't think it would be as much fun as a cat.

Robot pets are a big industry in Japan; they're seen as convenient companions for the elderly or in situations where there's not much space in small apartment buildings.

Here's two ads for a Japanese robot cat:

And a video that shows a robotic pet seal named Paro. There's also another video on YouTube showing it interacting with patients in a Japanese nursing home.

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