‘Smart Fur’ allows robo-pets to gauge owners’ emotions

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A piece of smart fur can tell the difference between pets, scratches or even the breath of a human owner.

If pets can have positive effects on their owners’ emotions would a robot pet be able to do the same? At the University of British Columbia a robo-bunny has been developed that can mediate its users’ emotions, calming them down or cheering them up by leading them through deep-breathing exercises, for example. The robo-bunny also has a pulse and can stiffen or relax its ears.

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