Very Interested in the New Toyota Kirobo Mini:
It is rumored to be going on sale this year for about $300 dollars plus a $3 monthly software fee.
ACCORDING TO REDDIT IT IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN JAPAN:
It speaks Japanese, so there’s an issue too.
According to the Chief Designer, the Kirobo mini was built in a way to “invoke emotional connections” with the owners. According to Reuters:
“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.”
Robots Replacing Humans in Japan?
According to Reuters:
Exacerbated by a reluctance to invite immigrants to bolster its working-age population, Japan’s demographic crunch shows little sign of easing, with the government looking at robots to replenish the thinning ranks of humans.
In the past half century births in Japan have halved to around a million a year, according to government statistics, with one in 10 women never marrying. Births out of wedlock are frowned upon in Japan and much less common than in Western developed nations.
I want a Kirobo Mini. I tried a dog, but my wife kicked it out. I need a new kind of man’s best friend.