Remote-Control Pets Create Real Companionship for Seniors

In the 2012 movie “Robot & Frank,” the adult child of an elderly man dealing with isolation and dementia gives his father a robot companion to keep him company and alleviate the effects of his illness. The film is set in the near future, but the basic technology behind the premise –- using electronic companions to provide a therapeutic benefit to the elderly –- could be for sale in just a few months.

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