The nursing home use many different kinds of robots, not only “robots suits” by Cyberdyne but also communication robots such as Aibo, Pepper and Paro.
But this silence was suddenly broken when the nurse brought in Aibo and Paro. The residents became very excited, alive and smiling – touching and talking to robots. Gradually, however, the excitement wears off – and a few began dozing off again.
Not only elderly people but the nurses too seemed happy.
The care manager, Yukari Sekiguchi told me, “the greatest effect of robots that they bring smiles to our nurses”. Paro makes elderly people calm dawn and reduces the tension between them and the nurses.