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

process voice recognition and imitate animal behavior, enabling PARO to develop its own character. PARO has five different types of sensors over the body that allows it to perceive people and the environment, and respond to touch, light, sound, temperature, and posture.

Photos, videos, reviews, and additional background information are available at www.parorobots.com.

PARO has been in use in Japan and throughout Europe since 2003, and was introduced to the U.S. in November 2008 with the assistance of JETRO Chicago. The inventor of PARO is Takanori Shibata, PhD, Senior Research Scientist of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), who has been at the forefront of service robotics for over 15 years.

More than 1,300 PAROs have been sold in Japan since 2005. 70% have been sold to individual users as substitutes for animal pets, and 20% have been sold to nursing homes, schools, and elderly institutions. In Denmark, more than 100 PAROs have been sold, primarily to the health care system, with another 900 scheduled for delivery by 2011. In the U.S., PARO has been in trial use at several hospitals and institutions across the country. Recently, the Vincentian Collaborative System, a Catholic healthcare and human services organization in Pittsburgh, has been utilizing PARO on a trial basis in four of its nursing homes, with plans to purchase seven at year's end, aided by a philanthropic grant.

The price of PARO is $6,000, including a one-year service warranty from the company's Itasca, Illinois warehouse. The sales office has a short term rental program for trial available for limited quantities.

About PARO Robots U.S., Inc.: Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, PARO Robots U.S., Inc. was founded by Sugino Machine Ltd., Japan and Intelligent Systems Co. Ltd., Japan; and serves as U.S. sales and distributio
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