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Japanese working on dementia care products

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SoftBank Mobile hopes to develop its robot Pepper to act as a conversation partner for those suffering from dementia. It is set to retail for 198,000 yen on the consumer market in February.

Tokyo

"PEPPER, dear, when is the next time you'll visit?" "Look over here!" In a third-floor lounge at Nishi-Koigakubo Ninjin Home, a special elderly nursing home in western Tokyo, elderly dementia patients recently spent time with Pepper, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence