A brief encounter with therapeutic, robotic creatures. Is 3 the magical number?
At a seminar hosted by the University of Brighton I was recently formally introduced to PARO, a therapeutic robotic seal from Japan, and his creator Dr. Takanori Shibata. The focus of the day was on the usage of therapeutic robots in dementia care settings. In keeping with the overall concept, whereby the individual or group name the robot, I chose to call him Hercule PARO. In doing so I have given the robot a gender and started to personify it. More about his “characteristi