This is starting to look like a trend: bear-shaped robots. Why? I don't know, but there you are. Japanese engineers at the RIKEN institute and Tokai Rubber have teamed up to create a cheerful-looking bear-shaped robot to assist the elderly and hospital patients.
I can't wait for this gentleman to get hospitalized and run into one. It would be a showdown of epic proportions.
A tip of the old bearskin to the Pink Tentacle Web log.