Paro is a robot which looks like a seal.
To interact with people, it has micros, motors, and it's covered in sensors. With only 57cm for 2.7kg, Paro was designed for therapeutic application (to disabled people), like in Japan, where patients at a clinic outside Tokyo are testing this robot. For half of those patients, researchers showed an improvement in brainware activity after they played with the robot. Paro can move head and face slightly.
To have a maximum interaction, its creator (Takanori Shibata), has developed a robot which can recognize its name, and learn movements.
Alexandre Guedo & Corentin Clavaud