Fujitsu released a video (below) of the robotic teddy bear they’re developing to entertain the elderly and children (but not elderly children. Progeria kids can see right through this bear’s machinations). He has 8 touch sensors, as well as speakers, mics, accelerometers, and 12 joints. He also has 300 programmed reactions to touch, sound, and (holy crap) facial expressions. His shiny black nose is actually a camera lens which he uses to track facial expressions like confusion, dismay, horror, and whatever look you make when a robot bear eats your soul.
In fact the Fujitsu bear has 300 different responses of its own, which range from giggling and laughing, waving its paws around, and pretending to fall asleep complete with recorded snores. “We want it to feel natural” [Ed.- because bears are gigglin’ fools] said one Fujitsu researcher, who revealed that the company expects to deploy the responsive robot “in nursing homes so that it can entertain and soothe elderly people.” [Slashgear]
Fujitsu is not only looking to market the bear to the very old, but also the very young. For example, it could be used as a replacement for an alarm clock, because nothing says “appropriate wake-up method for a groggy, impressionable child” better than a dead-eyed, camera-nosed robotic destroyer of worlds.
[Video via Crunchgear]