Social robotics: Robot seal Paro
Social robots is the class of robots developed for the improvement of human communication and interaction. This is done by the use of specific robots that are attractive and encourage the interaction between man and machine. After a prolonged period this often results in better interaction and awareness during the day – also in the absence of this robot. Social robots take many forms, but Paro which has the shape of a baby seal, is a well- known product that sets the present standards.
Paro was designed for persons with dementia in Japan. It is now deployed worldwide, also with other user groups like persons with mental or cognitive disorders, by children or persons with autism. But in fact almost anybody likes Paro because of its authentic and overwhelming behaviour.
In close cooperation with the Danish Technology Institute, DTI who serves as European importers, Focal Meditech distributes Paro in the Netherlands. Due to its long lasting experience in healthcare robotics, its trained staff and technical skills Focal is able to offer great service to end users. The provision of Paro is done in close cooperation with academic institutions studying the effects of this type of technology. This will also help Focal to take further steps in the development and provision of robotcs that really care and are sensitive to disabled persons.
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