Sec­ond Paro for Gun­ther Vil­lage

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

WEL­COME AD­DI­TION: Gun­ther Vil­lage now has two Paros – ther­a­peu­tic ro­bots – to help res­i­dents.

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