Huggy Bear : This crossed over from kawaii to creepy a long time ago... via Pink Tentacle
From Popular Science:
In a development sure to drive Stephen Colbert apoplectic, the Japanese national laboratory RIKEN has announced the development of robotic nurses that look like bears. Called Robot for Interactive Body Assistance (RIBA), the robot was designed to help a country facing the dual problem of a shortage of nurses and a rapidly aging population.
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