According to recent statistics, in Japan, fewer children are born, because young people do not have families and strives to posterity, and this means that the nation is aging rapidly. Not surprisingly, many elderly people suffer from depression, and not less than the young people during the so-called “mid-life crisis.” To deal with the manifestation of depression, a professor of science and technology institute in Aichi prefecture, Kano Masaeshi scientist, invented a robot-baby called Babyloid , a mechanical pet.
To be precise, the robot is no replacement Babyloid cat or dog – is a tiny, 44 cm long and weighing 2.2 kg, the robot-child, for whom to care, who need care, attention and warmth. The so-called “antidepressant” looks like a cuddly bundle of small arms and legs, only instead of a head of mechanical “kids” kind of screen size of the plate, which shows the emotions characteristic of a variety of situations.
For example, a robot baby Babyloid can “open” mouth, move limbs, and thanks to the LEDs and built-in speaker – even show the character, portraying her tears on his face, his smile, joy, color, confusion, and sometimes filling the district is a natural roaring naughty child. Emotions and behavior of the robot-doll depend on the mode, which selects the patient. In addition to standard mode, it is possible to program and field, thus giving the baby a mechanical individual character, and caring for him like he is – a real live baby.
The developers believe that the elderly need a sense of life, and often this sense is the need of someone to care for, give someone your love and affection – do what they did in my youth when the world was not so cold, cynical and cruel. So far, the prototypes Babyloid able to test one of the 5 patients of nursing homes that are located in Aichi prefecture. It is expected that the cost of such a “Tamagotchi” for elderly Japanese people will be around $ 600.