Second Paro for Gunther Village
GUNTHER Village is excited to announce they now have a second Paro, thanks to the support of the community.
Paro is an interactive robot developed by Japanese industrial automation pioneer AIST, which has facial recognition and responds when spoken to.
Paro has five different senses – tactile, light, audition, temperature and posture.
Facility manager Vicki Boyd said the second Paro would be named Goldie as he was gold in colour.
“They now just don’t come in one colour, so we actually picked a golden one,” she said.
The money for the second Paro was raised by the Golden Orange and the Gunther Village opportunity shop.
Money was raised by the Golden Orange during an ABBA tribute concert held earlier in the year, as well as a Mother’s Day raffle.
“The shop ladies said we can see that you really need a second Paro, so they added funds as well,” Ms Boyd said.
Goldie remembers each person who holds him and behaves according to their preferences.
Guinness World Records certified Paro as the World’s Most Therapeutic Robot and his earlier designs have been used throughout Japan and Europe since 2003.
WELCOME ADDITION: Gunther Village now has two Paros – therapeutic robots – to help residents.