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Publication Date : 19-10-2012
Fujitsu representative Midori Murao waves at a robotic teddy bear as it peers at her through a camera inside its nose. The stuffed animal waves when waved at, giggles when tickled and snores when it falls asleep. Prod it too much, and it says frustratedly: "Stop it, don't touch me!"
Designed by Japanese IT company Fujitsu to be a companion to children and the elderly, it displays more than 300 childlike expressions. The camera tracks faces and sensors let it respond to motion and touch.
The prototype made its first appearance in Singapore on October 18 at the Fujitsu Day 2012 exhibition in the Raffles City Convention Centre.
Those at the event approached it with smiles and waves while Midori carried out a demonstration.
Trials at nursing homes and elderly care centres in Japan found that residents who spent time with it became chattier and smiled more.
However, there are no plans yet to commercialise it.