Paro, the robotic seal for the elderly, is shipping in April

Remember that crazy robotic seal for the elderly? The one with the hole in its snout for “charging?” Well, you can now buy one for $6,000 and it will be available in limited quantities in April, 2009.

If you really must have one ASAP you can probably drop the Paro HQ in Illinois a line to put your name on a list somewhere. Unfortunately, you could probably buy a real seal for $6,000 so they’re aiming more at the elderly and infirm with this one.