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Tombot: Robotic Emotional Support Animals for COVID-19

Tombot makes robotic animals that transform the daily life of individuals, families and communities facing health adversities. Originally designed to meet the specific medical needs of seniors with dementia, Tombot Puppies have also been preordered for children with Autism, adults with high impact chronic pain, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, and for long inpatient stays and arduous outpatient treatments at hospitals.  Peer-reviewed studies show that robotic animals positively affect some users’ ability to cope with stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression and pain, reducing their need for psychotropic and opioid medications.

Tombot is identifying prospective researchers to conduct studies on the application of Tombot Puppies for COVID-19 hospital inpatients, assisted living residents, and residents at home.
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  • Alerts
  • COVID-19
  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Care
  • Mental Health
  • mobile health
  • Pediatrics
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • telehealth
  • Geriatrics
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
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