Only in Japan: A child-like robot created for dentists to practice


There are things that are exclusively something you would say “only in Japan” which is reflected in my title, where today I saw Reuters sharing a video of “Pedia_Roid“: a realistic child-like robot that dentists use in training.

realistically mimics the typical reaction and behavior of a child patient nervous about receiving dental treatment“.

Nissin Dental Products Inc. designed the robot, specifically designed for dental, medical and healthcare students to hone their skills in treating young patients. These learning skills involve communicating with the child, monitoring facial expression, preventing medical accidents, as well as basic care in an emergency. The company explains that these training situations are “difficult to perform on living children“. Well, yeah…uh.

Nissan Dental Products Inc. explains on its official YouTube video from Pedia_Roid: “The pediatric patient robot simulates the typical reaction and behavior of a nervous child patient to receive dental care. It is designed for dental/medical/healthcare students to develop the skills needed to deal with child patients, such as communication, preventing medical accidents, and maintaining basic life in an emergency situation. Such trainings are very difficult to carry out with living child patients.“.

I may have watched way too many TV shows and movies, but I can see that this technology is leading us down a dark path as a human race. Sure, in training situations, that’s great…I guess…but what happens when we reach a point where a “realistic” heart and “realistic” eyes are installed?

Wouldn’t the purpose of this company be to manufacture better and better, more realistic robots… child-style robots… which, even in this form, have the ability to draw blood by intravenous injection. Dilate eyes, etc. I mean it only takes maybe 5-10 years, maybe 10-20 at the most, before we have replicas of human children.

Think about it for a second.



Various facial expressions and body movements such as:

  • Facial complexion and pupil dilation to express anxiety, fear and resistance.
  • Unexpected movements of the head, tongue, arms and legs to mimic a child’s refusal to be treated.

Replicates accidental systemic symptoms such as:

  • Convulsions resulting from an acute attack and anaphylactic shock due to the positioning of local anesthesia.

Allows students to practice and learn basic life support skills such as:

  • Vital check, intravenous injection and cardiac massage, etc.

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