We Promise Robot Teddy Bear Will Not Harm Your Grandmother

Because there’s nothing that old people love more than creepy, robotic Teddy bears, the folks at Fujitsu have created a companion for the elderly in the form of a bear that reacts to the emotions of the person in the room.

The bear is on display here at the Consumer Electronics Show, but since I don’t like to stray too close to the edge of the uncanny valley, I left it up to my Consumer Reports bro Paul Eng to make this informative, if a bit terrifying, video.

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  1. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I don’t even know why the scientists make them. They eat old people’s medicine for fuel.

  2. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Robotic Teddy Bearz iz sad and frownz that you’re fallen and I can’t getz up?

  3. kaceetheconsumer says:

    Haley Joel Osment is still creepier than Teddy in AI.

  4. vicarp says:

    seems like a pedophile’s dream

    • failurate says:

      If you touch the bear in a bad way it scowls at you.

    • gman863 says:

      …or nightmare.

      If they made it with a “Nanny Cam” in one eye, teddy can share his feelings with the local police and District Attorney.

  5. valen says:

    Webcam meets Teddy Bear? I think I just had a flashback.

  6. Kelly Bufkin says:

    I’m disappointed in the video. I wanted see the bear react to actual expressions.

  7. Jane_Gage says:

    The famed ethnographer Charles William Merton Hart described elderly females as “a terrible nuisance” and “physically quite revolting.” I wish he were alive today to appreciate this technology.

  8. PhilFR says:

    Oh sure. Just wait until it start chasing old people around with a meat cleaver. Nice move, Fujitsu!

  9. nocturnaljames says:

    Will this bear keep your grandmother company, so you don’t have to? lol

  10. PupJet says:

    Teddy Ruxpin (SP) has come back to haunt us…RUUUN!

  11. obamaramallama says:

    I’ll break, David.

  12. sonneillon says:

    A Japanese anamatronic robot, that is soft and responsive. Half the people are going to use this robot for the intended purpose. The other half are going to do things to the robot that could be considered disturbing.

  13. El-Brucio says:

    Actually, the bear is kind of cute. If you can’t devote the required amount of care for a real pet due to illness, energy levels, or even free time I can see how a robotic one could fill an emotional need. It seems like a step up from fish or a houseplant, only requiring less care.

  14. 339point4 says:

    1. The bear is more cute than terrifying. Depending on the price, I’d get one in lieu of a mammalian pet (we have a goldfish and I don’t plan to upgrade to anything with fur).

    2. Paul Eng is adorable. Paul Eng + robotic bear makes for a video filled with overwhelming adorableness.

  15. Rhinoguy says:

    Is it just me or did anyone else have their SSRIs kick out and leave them staring at CHUCKY?

  16. BETH says:

    I wonder how much it costs. It might be a cute toy for kids. I can’t imagine it’s being any use at all for adults.

  17. massageon says:

    I think it’s awesome! I would buy this for my little ones.

    I love to see how the human mind has created something so amazing. Things will only get better from here.