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Japan's famous robot seal Paro has been used in nursing homes in several countries. Now it's helping victims of the March 3 earthquake and tsunamis.
Imagine drawing your final breath in the sole company of a talking machine: "I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are with me."
Bears are good sleepers, what with all the hibernating they do. So what better robot animal to climb into bed with you and give you a loving little smack when you start snoring?
To deal with catastrophes like the March quake and tsunamis, Japan will spend $14 million on a power exoskeleton and rescue robots.
The Sulzberger Ice Shelf calved icebergs the size of Manhattan after it was hit by the March 11 tsunami that devastated Japan, 8,000 miles away.
This week, we chilled out with stress apps, hit the water with a crazy jet pack, and gave a squat about a female urinal.
Baby beluga Babyloid, inspired, yes, by a baby beluga whale, can't do much except wriggle and look cute.
President Obama gets a dose of cyber-cuteness from Japanese robots at an APEC summit in Yokohama over the weekend.
Fujitsu, best-known for laptops, is working on cute bear-shaped bots to provide comfort and interaction at nursing homes.