To deal with an aging population, Japan has been working towards having robots help take care of the growing numbers of seniors. Early efforts haven’t been very successful because older people are apparently put off by somewhat human-looking machines with robotic voices. That’s why Fujitsu, the large Japanese technology company, has taken a different approach. The company has developed a robotic teddy bear that understands with whom it’s interacting and communicates through a series of gestures. A voice synthesizer uses the voice of a little boy.
More details and a video are available on Wired.com.