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PARO Robots Announces Launch of Sales and Delivery in the U.S.
Date:11/4/2009

CHICAGO, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- PARO Robots U.S. Inc. and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) have announced that order fulfillment and delivery of the therapeutic robot PARO will begin in the United States on December 1, 2009, from its sales and distribution office in Itasca, Illinois. The company will take orders from individuals and institutions by phone, fax, and email beginning November 16, 2009.

This follows receipt of Class II exempt pre-marketing notification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 21, 2009. During the course of pre-marketing with the FDA, the sales office loaned twenty of the PARO robots, designed as a baby harp seal, to hospitals and healthcare organizations with elderly residents, people with disabilities, and dementia patients, as well as schools for autistic children. Examples of positive comments from users include:

  • "PARO has provided sensory, cognitive and social stimulation. PARO generates conversation and is used in place of pet visitation." Easter Seals, Silver Spring, MD
  • "Our Alzheimer's residents were especially excited about their new friend. The greatest result we have seen with PARO in this unit is the joy it has brought." Beaufont Towers, Richmond VA

PARO is scheduled to be on display at the 2009 American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Annual meeting from November 9-11 in Chicago. During the exposition, PARO will reside in the "AAHSA House" as one of the products that improve the quality of life for the aging. PARO will also be exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010.

The PARO robot is covered in pure white synthetic fur with built-in intelligence providing psychological, physiological, and social effects through physical interaction with humans. Inside are two 32-bit CPUs, which can
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