Looks like the movie iRobot may be coming to life as Toyota announced it plans to sell the “Kirobo Mini” communications partner robot through its car dealerships across Japan next year.
The little robot can actually engage in casual conversation with its owners. The miniature “friend” has the ability to respond to user emotions and will “grow” by remembering user preferences and past events, Toyota notes.
While the robots in the film provided a variety of services, such as house cleaning, daycare and security, these little guys can go anywhere as they are just about four inches tall. They’re likely to be less expensive than their film cousins too coming in at just under $400 not including taxes. (more…)