CINCINNATI, OHIO–It’s no secret that pets bring joy to their owners’ lives. Caring for animals keeps us active, gives us purpose, provides stress relief and builds a loving bond. Studies show pets can even increase people’s lifespans.
For some older populations, having a pet isn’t possible. Perhaps they can’t care for an animal or their retirement community doesn’t allow it. Robotic companions have entered the market to fill that void, and one University of Cincinnati professor is re-imagining these high-tech pets to not only provide companionship, but care.