Thursday, November 26, 2009
Denmark invests € 4,5 Million in Therapeutic Robots from Japan
The Centre for Robot Technology at the Danish Technological Institute started in 2008 an extensive national project with focus on Paro, a human-interactive robotic seal, and its therapeutic qualities within the field of care and welfare. This testing of the robotic seal was the first of its kind outside Japan. Denmark has signed an aggreeemnt with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) to purcase 1,000 of Paros for use in health care facilities. Paro has scientifically demonstrated the ability to elicit emotions, activate the mind and calm nerves in patients at hospitals and nursing homes. Although the well-traveled Paro now resides at welfare institutions in more than 20 nations around the world, the Danish government is the first organization to make a large-scale purchase. Denmark aims to have the Paro robots in their new homes by 2011.