At first, Paro, looks like a cuddly toy. It is far more than this. Paro originates from Japan where is has also been used with those living with dementia as well as earthquake victims. The robotic baby harp seal has some artificial intelligence. He/she can react to movements, touch and even "learn" it's name over time.
There are around 3, 000 Paro seals worldwide, 10 of which are in the UK and 2 are based at the Grange (NHS specialist assessment unit for dementia patients) in Sheffield.
|Claire Jepson & Andrea Corso, |
Sheffield Health and Social Care
NHS Trust with the Paroseal