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'Yotaro' Interactive Robotic Infant for Parents-In-Training

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jan 8, 2010 • References: youtube and engadget
Hiroki Kunimura of Japan’s University of Tsukuba has created a robotic baby simulator to help train parents-in-waiting named Yotaro. The baby’s face is an interactive screen that can display a variety of emotions including shedding tears to joyful smiles accompanied by a simulated audio giggle.

A simulator in the Yotaro system can react to what a person does and provide the appropriate baby response. The idea behind Yotaro is to give people the experience of what it is like to care for a newborn.