Robotic dolls give teen "parents" a dose of reality

Teens in a child development class at Waukee High School in Des Moines, Iowa, have a much better understanding of the demands of parenthood, now that they've spent one to two full days with a computerized doll that cries during the night when it's hungry or needs its diaper changed. Sensors in the dolls record how often their caretaker attended to them and whether they'd been shaken or mishandled.

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