Kirobo Mini, who is 10cm high (palm sized), had been designed to provide companionship by Toyota Moto Corp with an objective to contribute to making life and society more abundant.
It has childlike attributes,could tailor conversations,engage in "casual conversation", using gestures, facial expressions and blinking,and remember user preferences and previous events, such as likes, dislikes and outings.
The $390 doll-like Kirobo — whose name comes from "kibo," or "hope," and "robot" — supposedly has the smarts of a 5-year-old.
It comes equipped with a camera, microphone and Bluetooth, and connects to a smartphone, which needs to be installed with a special software application. It turns its head toward a voice, although sometimes that function fails as its voice recognition is far from perfect.
Kirobo Mini will go on sale in Japan next year, Toyota has announced. It didn't mention any plans for introducing it in other countries.
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