Japan Honors Innovative Robots

December 21, 2006 in Technology / Engineering
Japan Honors Innovative Robots
Model Miki Murakami holds Paro, one of the winners of the Robot of the Year 2006 award by Japan\'s Economy, Trade and Industries Ministry, prior to the awarding ceremony in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. The 350,000 yen (US$2,956) Paro, a cooing baby harp seal droid is developed by Japan\'s Intelligent System Co, to soothe patients in hospitals and nursing homes. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

(AP) -- A feeding machine and a furry, therapeutic seal - both designed to make life easier for older people - were among robots honored Thursday at a government-sponsored award ceremony.

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