A Japanese-designed baby android is designed to help alleviate depression among senior citizens suffering from dementia.

Senior citizens afflicted with dementia are easily prone to depression. Thankfully, Masayoshi Kano, a Japanese designer, has created a robot designed to help them feel better by imitating the sounds and basic movements of a baby. Switched explains:

The bot’s faces features LEDs that help to mimic human expressions, while a microphone and several sensors detect when a person is nearby. The idea is that simulating childcare using the Babyloid will reduce depression and keep minds sharp.

Masayoshi Kano

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