Adelbaran Nao and Pepper are great robots for research. They can also keep you company when you are alone. With Zora software, these robots can interact with seniors and keep them entertained. This video from Sun Sentinel shows Zora in action:
Not surprisingly, many people find robots like this adorable. Zora, the humanoid robot, weighs only 7gb and stands just over 57cm. It can speak 19 languages. It has cameras, loudspeakers, and microphones. More information is available here.