Mental Commitment Robot Seal, Love You Long Time

Posted on Aug 21 2008 - 10:16am by L.

Paro Robot Seal

From Japan, the country that brought you Hello Kitty and Life Like Extreme Sex Robots, comes the Seal Type Mental Commit Robot for Psychological Enrichment. No, that’s not from Borat. That would be the mental marketing giants from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology crushing it with a catchy title for their invention. Their site is chock full of misplaced polysyllabic verbiage, and I would do it an injustice if I did not use some of the actual quotes. “Recent advances in robotics have been applied to automation in industrial manufacturing with the primary purpose of optimizing practical systems in terms of such objective measures as accuracy, speed, and cost. However, the resulting robots are mostly kept away from human beings because people can be injured during their everyday functioning.” Anyone else having a “All your base are belong to us” flashback? So that quote kind of implies that they are about to start large quantities of cheap robots… NOT! Paro, the sealbot, costs $6699! Marketed as the most interactive “healing pet” made to date, it comes with a huge array of sensors, sophisticated “robotic action”, a pacifier (WTF?!), realistic voice of a baby seal, and claims to develop a personality over time that corresponds with its owners play style. Maybe I am a little jaded but for $6699 I want to know if it will play my MP3s and bleed when I club it.

If you are, still, not convinced of how ftarded this thing is… watch the video after the break.

[Source] Via KSU

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Trouncer August 21, 2008 at 10:20 am -

    That is seriously bad, I mean REALLY bad. The worst part is that the people in the video are actually taking this thing seriously.

  2. F430 August 21, 2008 at 10:20 am -

    Ummmm ok?

  3. KSU August 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm -

    Btw, this is the 2nd such robot to come out. The first is a cat that is currently sold out. I suppose an upside to either of these is they don’t eat anything and won’t leave a “gift” in your shoe or some out of the way place for you to find at a much later date.

  4. Muffin October 3, 2008 at 10:29 pm -

    Don’t be so ignorant. Your life may be filled with people & things that keep you happy, but many ppl aren’t as lucky. Humans need communication, a sense of belonging to something that needs them, & a link with something outside themselves. Paro has been developed as therapy for the elderly, ppl who have been hospitalised & children with conditions such as autism, etc. The ppl on the YouTube clip seem happy … what’s your issue with that? Sheesh. Cynicism will rot your insides.

  5. happyfroot October 6, 2008 at 10:31 am -

    A robotic surrogate is a poor substitute for real human affection.

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