Every January, Las Vegas hosts the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow where large and small businesses alike showcase what are soon to be the hottest new tech gadgets. Following last week’s CES, we scoured the web to find some of the coolest innovations to watch for in the coming year. Here are some of our favorites:
Developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer, Paro is a robotic baby harp seal used in hospitals and extended care facilities to reduce patient and caregiver stress. The seal’s five kinds of sensors allow it to respond to people as if it were alive and to engage them with their preferred behavior. While not new to CES, Paro is the 8th generation of a design that has been utilized in Japan and throughout Europe since 2003. Guinness World Records has even named Paro the World’s Most Therapeutic Robot. You too can purchase your very own Paro for $4,518 from the Japan Trend Shop.