The Fujitsu social robot bear is a prototype device that responds to being held and cuddled. Just what every child needs. Readers may recall an earlier article (see Fujitsu Teddy Bear Robot Prototype Spotted ), but now we have video.
"We want to offer an object that can become part of the family, nursing home or school and that can benefit humans," a Fujitsu researcher told AFP during the sneak preview. "We really want it to look natural."
Fujitsu "plans to test the robot in nursing homes so that it can entertain and soothe elderly people," said the researcher.
The earliest example of a robot bear toy that I can think of in sf is from Harry Harrison, who wrote about a teddy bear robot in his 1965 short story I Always Do What Teddy Says:
"Let me go... let me go!" the teddy bear said with a hopeless shrill.
(Find out what happens next to Harrison's teddy bear robot)
Fans may also recall Teddy from Brian Aldiss' 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long and Purza the Pukha from Anne McCaffrey's 1990 novel The Rowan.
And in film, the Teddybear 3000 from Steven Spielberg's movie AI, his film version of the Aldiss short story.
Orion's 'Skip-to-M'Lou' Entry
'A lightning pilot possibly could land that tin toy without power and still walk away from it provided he had the skill to play Skip-to-M’Lou in and out of the atmosphere...'