Meet the robotic cat designed to help the elderly
Toy maker Hasbro has developed a robotic ‘companion pet’ to provide company and support for the elderly, as reported by the BBC:
It’s the first product in the Joy For All range, an initiative that Hasbro says is about going beyond play and into areas that combat bigger problems. In this case, it’s loneliness.
The robocat is designed to mimic a real animal. It miaows, semi-convincingly, and it purrs, very convincingly. It’s fluffy and nice to stroke, although the rigidness of Alan’s electronic innards spoils any illusion that he is real.
Although we’d never trade the real thing for a robot, we can see the benefits of a pet that doesn’t shed (or need litter boxes!).