Toyota is one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. However, the company also designs other types of machines, such as robots. Their latest product is an android robot called Kirobo Mini, and it is small but quite functional. Here is what you need to know about the new Toyota robot.
The new robot is an improved version of Kirobo. This was one of the robots that Toyota created in the past that interacted with astronauts. It was thirty-four centimeters tall, and it was the worthy companion of space explorers. Now, its replica is even smaller, measuring only ten centimeters, and this is why it is called Kirobo Mini.
The improved version of Kirobo can fit into the palm of one’s hand. It has big, black eyes, circled with yellow. Its head is light gray, and it wears red shoes. It also comes with a safe wrapper, which can be used to carry it around.
Developers proudly announce that the tiny robot can utter phrases. As far as its intelligence is concerned, specialists can compare it to that of a five years old child. Kirobo Mini can process human language and provide suitable replies. In addition to this, it can also respond to human facial expressions. This is possible with the help of a camera.
The Toyota robot is small enough for users to carry it around. People can take them in their cars, and the robot can draw their attention to the traffic and driving rules. Of course, its vocabulary and capacity of responding to such factors are limited, but it is a remarkable invention.
The small red-shoed robot was designed for being the best companion. Developers thought about the aging population and how they could help by providing those who feel lonely a proper companion. However, producers don’t address only elderly people through Kirobo Mini. Children, couples, teenagers, adults and groups of friends can enjoy its’ company too.
Officials from Toyota also announced the price and the release date for Kirobo Mini. It will be sold for 39,800 yen, which is the equivalent of approximately $390. Buyers will also receive the proper recipient to carry the robot around. Kirobo Mini will be available in Japan starting next year.
Kirobo Mini can also help developers increase people’s interest in Toyota products. They believe that the smart robot is one of the best products of the company, which successfully advertises for them. Would you like to have your own Kirobo Mini?
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