The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 18, 2012
 
PICTURES, VIDEO

Fujitsu's robotic teddy makes debut appearance in Singapore

 
 

A people-friendly robotic teddy bear that can perform more than 300 different reactions such as sneezing, snoring and giggling, made its first appearance in Singapore on Thursday.

Developed by Japanese IT company Fujitsu, it responds to motion and touch sensors.

Trials at nursing homes and elderly daycare centres in Japan found that residents who spent time with the bear became talkative and smiled more.

For now, the bear prototypes are on exhibition around the world and there are no plans to commercialise it yet.