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The nuts and bolts of new robots
The nuts and bolts of new robots

Paro may be the most famous companion robot around today, but he's likely to have some competition before too long. Here are a few others currently in the works: The "emotion bear." It laughs. It sneezes. It waves. It strikes up a conversation. And if nothing much is going on, it falls asleep. A concept currently being tested by Fujitsu in Japan, the "emotion bear" can sense when people are near and turn to face them. And when it gets to know people well enough, it can tell what mood they're in — and behave accordingly. In tests at nursing homes and adult daycare centers, the bear was a big hit with the elderly, says Paul Moore, senior director of...

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