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Kirobo Mini - your "synthetic baby companion"


On the boat
Toyota presents Kirobo Mini, a robot baby designed to tug at maternal instincts in ageing Japan
“He wobbles a bit, and this is meant to emulate a seated baby, which hasn’t fully developed the skills to balance itself,” said Fuminori Kataoka, Kirobo Mini’s chief design engineer. “This vulnerability is meant to invoke an emotional connection.”

Toyota plans to sell Kirobo Mini, which blinks its eyes and speaks with a baby-like high-pitched voice, for 39,800 yen (US$392) in Japan next year. It also comes with a “cradle” that doubles as its baby seat designed to fit in car cup holders.
I guess if you have money to throw away and are lonely, and can't have a pet, it would work, but I didn't see anything cute about it at all. :no:


The Fire That Burns Within
Yea, I agree. In order to "invoke maternal instincts", it's going to have to look a lot more human.