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Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver


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A nursing facility resident enjoying the Zora robot.

A nursing facility outside Paris is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

Credit: Dmitry Kostyukov

Jouarre, a nursing facility outside Paris, is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

Since the "Zora" robot's arrival, many of the patients have developed an emotional attachment, treating it like a baby.

A nurse controls Zora from a laptop, standing out of view so the patients do not know he is guiding the robot; Zora can hold conversations as the nurse types words into the computer.

The robot also can lead exercises and play games.

The experience at Jouarre shows what life could be like as society depends more on robots to help care for loved ones as they age.

Zora Bots, the Belgium-based provider of the robot at Jouarre, has sold more than 1,000 of the robots to healthcare facilities around the world.

From The New York Times
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