Jennie the realistic robot pup brings comfort to seniors with her waggy tail
I'm here at CES with this incredibly cute little puppy.
Now, it might look like a real dog, but in fact her name is Jennie and she's a robot.
She's been built to support people with dementia.
Under Jennie's synthetic fur, are around 50 sensers that can detect how softly or vigorously you are interacting with ehr When she feels your touch or hears you give her a command through her in-built microphones, she'll respond accordingly.
If you pat her gently, she might move her head, but if you give her more fuss she'll get more excited and wag her tail.
Jenny as ten in-built motors controlling her movements.
Seven of them are in her face, giving her the ability to move her ears, eyebrows, and nose to mimic the expressions of a real life dog.
Jenny was build to support seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's by entrepreneur Tom Stevens after his own mother developed the disease.
When she could no longer take care of her dog, which brought her great comfort, Stevens was inspired to create a robot that would allow her to self-soothe Stevens is determined to make Jenny affordable so she'll cost $449.
Or if you join the waitlist, just $399.
Over time, she'll receive software updates through the companion app that will allow her to gain more skills.
She should be able to do everything a lap dog can do, including yipping, howling, whining, and barking.
[NOISE] But she'll stop short of being able to fart.
A relief for experienced dog owners everywhere.
If you'd like a Jennie of your own in your house, you'll have to wait till next year.
The waitlist is open now, though, and you can preorder on tombot.com.
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