Robot pets: Can they comfort us like the real thing? – CNN.com

The toy company Hasbro’s Joy for All brand launched a new life-like robotic dog on Monday, a companion pet pup to accompany the brand’s companion pet cat already on the market. Both products are designed to bring companionship and comfort to aging adults.

The robotic cat is equipped with a soft fur that gently vibrates when it purrs, while the pup barks and cocks its head in your direction when you speak.But Hasbro’s adorable animatronics aren’t the only pet robots on the market.

The company Hansa Creations has created a collection of interactive cats and dogs of various breeds, for instance.
And Paro, the cuddly seal robot developed by Japan’s National institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, is used as an interactive therapeutic tool in hospitals and senior living facilities across the United States.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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