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Japanese robot a tireless aid in dementia care

from Toronto Star

In a third-floor lounge at Nishi-Koigakubo Ninjin Home, a special nursing home in western Tokyo, elderly dementia patients recently spent time with Pepper, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence being developed by SoftBank Mobile. Said to be the world's first robot designed to serve people by recognizing their emotions, Pepper is set to retail for 198,000 yen (about $2,020) on the consumer market in February. With Japan facing a rising number of dementia sufferers, more businesses have begun to develop products and services to help patients and their families live more comfortably. more

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