Nov 22, 2015 11:38 PM EST
Remember the Tamagotchi's digital pets users went crazy about during the 1990s? With the advent of technology, things are getting way better now.
Hasbro presented its latest innovation called companion robots. Like the humanoid robot Pepper, these high-end machines are especially created to enable human interaction and resemble empathy and affection. Analyzing and responding appropriately to tones, body language and facial expressions are some of the boasted features.
In line with toy manufacturer Hasbro's Joy For All line series, the company announced its latest robotic pets that are designed to "bring comfort, companionship and fun for your elder loved ones." Boasting of its well-engineered features, the robotic pets built-in light and motion sensors can reportedly give a life-like response when being stroked or held.
As of now, the company released three cat models, namely, "Orange Tabby Cat," "Creamy White Cat" and "Silver Cat with White Mitts". With its wide array of motions, this robotic cat is unlike the conventional mechanical pets before that can appear, feel and meow like real ones.
For instance, stroking will make the kitties wiggle and purr, giving a tummy rub will make them roll over, and scratching their heads burrows their noses into your hands. And to conserve battery life, these pets go to sleep when put down. On their website, Hasbro posted "This two-way give-and-take helps create a personally rich experience that can bring fun, joy and friendship to you and your loved ones ages 5 to 105."
With its slogan "Why should kids have all the fun?", these kitty bots are advertised as "companion pets" for senior citizens rather than toys in its official page. Pets are available at $99.99 without shipping and handling fees added yet. Batteries upon purchase are also not included.
Studies suggest that raising an animal can help counter depression and stress in among older group. In a study by the University of California, researchers found that almost 45 percent of seniors feel alone and lonely and are likely to die sooner than expected.
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