July 6, 2010 AT 12:00 am

Discovering a Soft Spot for Circuitry – Robot Machines as Companions

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Discovering a Soft Spot for Circuitry – Robot Machines as Companions

Nothing Eileen Oldaker tried could calm her mother when she called from the nursing home, disoriented and distressed in what was likely the early stages of dementia. So Ms. Oldaker hung up, dialed the nurses’ station and begged them to get Paro. Styled after a baby seal, a robot that blinks and coos when petted is often therapeutic for patients with dementia.

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