A realistic mechanical pet, when further developed, will actually perform chores, including realistic purring, meowing and scheduled fetching. The future smart cat will also remind elderly owners of taking meds and prepare for upcoming appointments.
The current device, Hasbro’s Joy For All robotic cat, is being upgraded to take on all the challenging tasks of being a more lifelike helper. Researchers have named the cat ARIES: Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support. If this 92-year-old gets one of these fantastic fake felines, will my current real, lazy do-nothing-for-me cat get jealous and tear it to pieces?