Tuesday, 4 October 2016
TOKYO: Toyota will start selling a mug-sized robot called Kirobo Mini as a chatty companion for its human owners.
The 10 centimetre tall robot which can carry on simple conversations and respond to emotions will go on sale next year in Japan for 39,800 yen (US$400).
Toyota is usually associated with cars, but it has been investing millions in robotics and Kirobo is its first commercial foray into the sector.
Kirobo Mini is being showcased at Asia’s largest electronics fair, the IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), which is being held in Tokyo this week.
It was part of a longer-term project to see how a robot could act as a companion for isolated people, particularly to see if it can develop conversational skills.
It has also struggled with the problems of social isolation, most notably the phenomenon of “hikikomori” where people, often teens and young adults, refuse to leave the house or engage socially, instead opting to play video games or remain in their rooms.
Source by: Internet