Last year, Hasbro launched its first Joy For All product for seniors in the form of a charming robotic cat companion. Now, the toy manufacturer is expanding its collection with a Golden Retriever Puppy.
The responsive robot dog responds to a variety of touches and vocal cues. For instance, stroking the plush dog's cheek will cause the dog to nuzzle one's hand. Petting the dog's back activates its heartbeat and when the robot dog is left alone, it will automatically fall asleep.
While these kinds of toys are often designed and marketed towards children, these interactive companions are specifically targeted at elderly citizens. These low-maintenance virtual pets require no house training, feeding or walking and only provide companionship in return, which is of value to many seniors who lack emotional support.