Does This Belgian Probo Miss the Mark As a Kids' Toy?

By: TopDog - Published: Apr 23, 2009 • References: io9 & engadget
What was once thought of as a creative way to help children who suffered traumatic experiences has gone terribly awry in the eyes of some tech writers within the blogosphere. This fuzzy robotic playmate was originally designed to give children an emotional boost, but its finished product has left some puzzled.

What's wrong with real life and real interaction with children? Kids don’t need this, they need real friendship, in my opinion.

The children in this photo don’t look particularly happy, and may may need some help to sleep at night after this scary scenario. The robot was created by two teams at the University of Brussels and the Anty group; it was also funded by Bill Gates. Stats for Menacing Robot Muppets Trending: Older & Mild
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