Fooling Old People: A robotic dog could be a good companion for your dog-loving grandmother who can’t care for a living pet

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Date: February 28th, 2008

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ST. LOUIS – A sophisticated robotic dog could be a good companion for your dog-loving grandmother who can’t care for a living pet, a new Saint Louis University study suggests. The researchers compared how residents of three nursing homes interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized gentle mutt, and Aibo, a doggie robot once manufactured by Sony that looks like a three-dimensional cartoon. “The most surprising thing is they worked almost equally well in terms of alleviating loneliness and causing residents to form attachments,” says William A. Banks, M.D., professor of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoNutty News MarketplaceLuggage Online
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