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Fri, Jan 4 | By Matt Van Hoven | 561

SINGAPORE – The next stage in pet therapy has arrived in the Far East, and puts a unique spin on this already effective treatment method. According to channelnewsasia.com, a robotic seal named Paro could change the face of pet therapy… more ›

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

Interesting, I wonder how it's going.

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Boyscoutdad
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Boyscoutdad
5 years ago

First they want to replace humans in the work force, now animals :)

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

interesting story. wonder how it's going.

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Nick G.
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Nick G.
5 years ago

That would be so cool if we got something like that around here, because if you were to take a mechanical Animal like that to different locations then whoever is receiving the theropy won't actually get bit, if something like were to ever happen.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I can see the point of this in some cases, but no robot could ever replace a live animal.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

I guess I can see where this would come in handy, such as if someone was allergic to animals.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

It's a weird concept, but I can definitely see the point. Paro could be a wonderful tool for people with compromised immune systems who can't interact with the therapy animals but still want that sort of fuzzy love.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

This is really awesome and I can see it even being changed up a bit so it can be used to cut down on the amount of human interactions with arphaned animals who still need TLC. This, if used properly, could possibly help rehabilitate more animals and allow for more young creatures to be successfully placed back into the wild with little to no human contact during the upbringing.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

At first I thought, you can't replace a live animal, but after reading and thinking, this is a good idea. There are toys on the market now that look so lifelike. This could be a big thing.

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Elgatosinnombre
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Elgatosinnombre
5 years ago

I can wait to see what's next!

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
6 years ago

Very good alternative for kids. Kids like toys. With this being so close to what an animal would be like, worth a try.

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
6 years ago

I don't think this could ever take the place of the real thing but it's a good alternative especially if germs or allergies are an issue.

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LilyK
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LilyK
6 years ago

This is a good, temporary fix but there is nothing like the real deal. The quirks of animals are what make them so interesting and so much more fun to interact with. But it's good that these robots will be available when volunteer animals aren't available.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
6 years ago

I had a Furby and I have to say it just wasn't the same as the real thing. I realize these are much more sophisticated robots, but it does seem like it wouldn't be any where near the same as the real thing just the same.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

I guess if you're alergic to animals, get yourself a robot dog or cat. But I think real animals would work best.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

Real pets work so I guess this is a good 2nd choice.

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

I have to agree with the Gretchen. I would love to seem some independent, peer reviewed psych studies showing that a robot stuffed animal is as effective as a real animal in pet therapy programs. It is hard for me to buy this. I think part of the effectiveness of pet therapy is the knowledge that the pet is a living being that is being given love and is appreciating the love it is being given.

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

WHAT??? A vibrating stuffed animal instead of a live loving animal? Just give me a flashlight or a popcorn popper if you are not going to let me pet a real animal. Its about as useful.

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

Well it does seem incredibly interesting but it can't replace a real animal. Robotic reaserch should focus more on things that could really assist people. With all the time and money that went into developing this, who knows what kind of cutting edge technology could have been developed!

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Rene3
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Rene3
6 years ago

Nothing can replace the real thing!

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

It might be a substitute in a few rare situations, but the real deal is the way to go - you can't bond with a robot.

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

that is a good idea but i hope it works for people that are alligeric.!!!

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Neat idea but not sure the same benefits will result from this interaction!!!

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LynnLucyDoris
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LynnLucyDoris
6 years ago

I know a robot is less trouble, but I'd rather have the real thing. Nothing is a substitute for the meow of a cat or nudge of a dog's head.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Cool

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Interesting experiment!!!!

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

different

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Dylyn H.
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Dylyn H.
6 years ago

Idk how well this would work, compared to real animals. But its great for those who are allergic & want a pet.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

What about the benefits of the warmth and live responses patients would receive from a real animal? I don't think anything could replace the real thing.

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

This is just an indication that pet therapy is becoming a more commonly accepted practice.

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

I doubt that a robot would have the same therapeutic effect as a live a animal.

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

I don't know how I'd feel knowing it wasn't a real 'pet.' I mean the point of pet therapy is that it's a real animal.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Sound interesting. Would love to see several minutes of this therapy in action.

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Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
6 years ago

Interesting but why not use animals that can actually interact with people and give kisses.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

I guess if it works its good.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

To each his own

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Interesting but I do not think it is the same as the real thing.

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

This is very interesting, but I'm wondering why a seal?

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Oh my, there is nothing like the real thing.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I am sure it will be used and will help some but it just is not the real thing.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Agreed, I'd rather have the real thing

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Christine B.
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Christine B.
6 years ago

First thought that comes to mind - waste of technology. A robot can't compare to the real thing.

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Melissa S.
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Melissa S.
6 years ago

Those unexpected kisses are always the best - I don't think a robot can beat a real animal.

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Chancesboy
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Chancesboy
6 years ago

Somehow I just don't think this would be the same as a read dog.

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Arb1752
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Arb1752
6 years ago

maybe good for allergies

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

good idea but why a seal

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

animals are good therapy, don't know about robots

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

what will they think of next

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

I think I'd rather the live one not the robotic one. But in this day and age with technology who knows it might just come in handy somewhere.

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CASSANDRA  R.
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CASSANDRA R.
6 years ago

wow,..who wants a robot opf ra pet with no feelings or dog instincts it takes aways form all the beauty of having one the easy way ick

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