Toyota launches palm-sized robot

Toyota launches palm-sized robot

Toyota launches palm-sized robot

Written by Staff Writer

04 Oct, 2016 | 7:34 pm

A palm-sized robot, named Kirobo Mini was developed and launched by Toyota.

Kirobo Mini, is a palm sized robot which is 10cm (4in) high and was designed to provide companionship.

Toyota announced that this robot will go on sale in Japan next year, 2017.

Fuminori Kataoka, Kirobo Mini’s chief design engineer, told the Reuters news agency, “He wobbles a bit, and this is meant to emulate a seated baby, which hasn’t fully developed the skills to balance itself.”

Kataoka added, “This vulnerability is meant to invoke an emotional connection.”

– Toyota also announced what Kirobo Mini can do,
engage in “casual conversation”, using gestures, facial expressions and blinking.
– Remember user preferences and previous events, such as likes, dislikes and outings.
– Use data from connected devices such as those in the home or car to generate comments.

Kirobo Mini has a provincial tag of 39,800 Yen (Approx. SLR 56,957/ $389) and there are no plans yet to sell it outside of Japan.

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