VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):机器狗能陪伴失智老人?
日期:2019-07-12 11:28

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Can Robot Dogs Help People with Alzheimer’s?
Could a robot dog help people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia?
American entrepreneur Tom Stevens thinks so. He recently presented a test version of a yellow Labrador puppy to residents of a nursing home in the American state of California.
To develop the device, Stevens' company Tombot worked with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, a company established by the famous creator of the Muppets.
"It didn't just have to look real and feel realistic but it had to behave realistically as well," Stevens said about the robot puppy.
Stevens believes the Tombot dog, which moves its head from side to side and wags its tail, can help people with dementia. It also is easier to care for than a real dog, he said.
The robot has 16 motors to control its movements and has sensors that cause it to respond to voice commands and detect how people are touching it.
Stevens said he came up with the idea for the robot after his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.
"Of the many bad days that we had early on, by far the worst was when I had to take away her dog," Stevens said.
Stevens had a background in investing in robotics and he wondered whether the technology could help people like his mother.
His test version has the name "Jenny." The puppy cannot walk and is carried on a small bed.
At the Sage Mountain nursing home in Thousand Oaks, where many residents suffer from dementia and other memory-related illnesses, petting the robot put smiles on people's faces during a visit last month.
Jenny has visited the facility a number of times.
"The dog is very interactive, the tail wagging, responding to them calling her name," said Caroline Gibson, a spokeswoman for the nursing home. She added that it was "really amazing" to see the nursing home's residents feel at ease.
Tombot plans to have its first commercial sales of its robot dogs in 2020.
It will enter a robot dog market that includes Sony's Aibo, among others.
P&S Market Research estimates that the market for personal robots may reach over $30 billion by 2022.
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1.by far 目前

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2.came up with 提出

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I came up with this dumb idea.
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3.from side to side 左右摇摆

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His body rocked from side to side with the train.
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4.the nursing home 疗养院;养老院

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The Matron at the nursing home expressed a wish to attend.
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5.Jenny has visited the facility a number of times.

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We have lived here quite a number of years.
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The police rounded up a number of suspects.
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6.She added that it was "really amazing" to see the nursing home's residents feel at ease.

feel at ease 感到轻松

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I won't feel at ease until you come back safely.
你平安回来了,我心里的石头才能落地Xg*4%U2xUI,dx!
I don't feel at ease in the strange place.
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参考译文

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机器狗能帮助老年痴呆患者?
机器狗真的能帮助患阿尔茨海默氏症以及其他痴呆病症的患者吗?
美国企业家汤姆·史蒂文斯(Tom Stevens)认为可以)+GN0tQ+5R。近期,他向美国加州一家养老院的居民展示了一只测试版黄色拉布拉多犬Ygp]N70|hIrb9
为了开发这一设备,斯蒂文斯的Tombot公司与吉姆·汉森(Jim Henson)的生物商店(Jim Henson's creatures Shop)合作,这家公司是由著名的布偶制作家创办的w=A74G||4J
史蒂文斯在谈及这只机器狗时称:“它不仅要外形逼真、触感真实,而且行为举止都必须得贴近现实xg1B(rg5Q9。”
史蒂文斯相信,Tombot的宠物狗可以帮助痴呆症患者XhP=~;7(;D%xJ*-G#。这种机器狗可以左右摆动头部和尾巴6)ul)&ag3e*a*KsCF9AM。他说,这种狗也比养一只真正的狗容易多了x6@%PPYczWhp7Df_Nw=@

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该机器狗有16个发动机来控制肢体运动,并且内部的传感器使它能对语音命令做出回应,以及检测人类是如何抚触的6Q%y0qGJ_E|,
史蒂文斯指出,他的母亲在2011年被诊断出患有阿尔茨海默氏症后,他就萌生了制造机器狗的想法~O]F~rh,QoC^
史蒂文斯表示:“在早期的许多糟糕日子里,最残忍的莫过于我将她的狗带走6hc(BiElQNLd。”
史蒂文斯有投资机器人技术的背景,他想知道这项技术是否能帮助像他母亲这样的患者ER0D+[9^v(c
他的测试版宠物狗名叫“珍妮”*#_pP0v&mkoFYJcs。这只小狗无法走路,只能呆在一张小床上pFQ;Pa]FiW]
在千橡市圣贤山养老院,许多居民都患有痴呆症或其他与记忆有关的疾病)F-SxknHPa%。上个月,在参展期间,抚摸机器狗让他们的脸上露出了笑容ypO,C;a@D!Z0]QOatGh
珍妮已经拜访过这家养老院多次了2c]yxf|4q~+Y
该养老院的女发言人卡罗琳·吉布森表示:“这只小狗很会互动,会摇尾巴,主人叫它名字时会回应IXIF(q.P79。”她补充说,看到养老院的居民自在惬意,感觉“真的很神奇”XXR7j)pk3hTzwQC
Tombot公司计划在2020年首次销售机器狗wvBD+f2z4szSyIgbl
它将进军包括索尼的Aibo在内的机器狗市场iFXI~ZZzfc7R)C4q|;G
P&S市场研究公司预计,到2022年,私人机器人市场可能会超过300亿美元xJq&iZuy]Qm0b.R]Yxr-
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