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Grandma's new friend is wired
Grandma's new friend is wired

It's a medical device that looks like a baby harp seal, and someday it just might be your best friend. Which leads to some interesting questions. Like, Why would you want to hang out with a medical device? And, Is this a good idea? The device is called Paro. It's cute and cuddly, with soft white fur, big bright eyes and — awww! — a pacifier to suck on. Casual observers could easily mistake it for a typical stuffed animal toy. But Paro is no plaything. It's a robot specially designed to provide comfort and companionship to the elderly. Evidence to date suggests that it works. This raises the hopes of many people concerned about the best way to care for a...