Tama, a Japanese approach to resident monitoring

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Tama, a 12-inch cuddly cat with liquid crystal eyes, could soon be taking up residence in care homes. Tama is a robotic pet developed by Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, best known for its Panasonic and National brand products. Tama’s synthetic fur conceals the latest in integrated digital communications technology, enabling the device to chat about the weather and respond to hugs and pats. When spoken to or touched, the robot reacts with either motion or speech. It can also be linked to a computer system, allowing care workers to monitor and keep in touch with Tama’s owner. Tama looks like a toy but it can initiate conversation based on a record of previous interactions and can ask how its owner is feeling. Care workers can also trigger pre-programmed dialogues to check on the well-being of the owner. The robotic pet is still a prototype and commercialisation is scheduled after completion of verification tests on practicality and durability. Tama is expected to be on sale, hopefully in a choice of colo

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