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Kirobo Mini - your "synthetic baby companion"

Discussion in 'Family & Relationships' started by robert99, Oct 3, 2016.

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  1. 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.
     
  2. Calliegirl

    Calliegirl Deity

    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:
     
  3. beancounter

    beancounter 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.
     
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