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Paro

Paro is a robotic baby harp seal designed as a therapeutic tool for use in hospitals and nursing homes. The robot is programmed to cry for attention and respond to its name. It includes an off switch.

FEATURES

Voice sampled from real baby harp seals. Covered with white antibacterial fur. Equipped with an internal heating system that keeps its body warm.

HEIGHT

16 cm | 6.3 in

LENGTH

57 cm | 22.4 in

WIDTH

35 cm | 13.8 in

WEIGHT

2.7 kg | 6 lb

SPEED

N/A km/h | N/A mph

SENSORS

Light sensor, temperature sensor, tactile sensors (body and whiskers), microphone array.

ACTUATORS

Seven motors

POWER

Nickel-metal hydride battery, 1.5 hour of operation

COMPUTING

Two 32-bit RISC processors

SOFTWARE

Custom software

DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)

7 (Neck: 2 DoF; Flipper: 1 DoF x 2; Tail: 1 DoF; Eyelid: 1 DoF x 2)

MATERIALS

Plastic skeleton and body covered with soft white fur.

COST

$6,000

STATUS

Ongoing

WEBSITE

http://parorobots.com