TOKYO, Nov. 22 (EFE) .- Toyota giant Toyota launched its Kirobo Mini robot in Japan today, which, with a boyish look and big orange eyes, is able to read the emotions of its users and seeks to improve the relationships between machines and humans.
This small-sized robot - 10 centimeters tall and 183 grams in weight - is on sale today in part from Japan at the price of 39,800 yen (300 euros / 354 dollars), plus a monthly fee of 350 yen (2.90 euros / 3.40 dollars) for access to an application necessary for its use.
Kirobo Mini is designed to be a companion robot that encourages communication between machines and humans, in preparation for a future where this type of relationship becomes commonplace not only in the private sphere but also in the public.
Among its functions, it highlights the ability to read facial expressions -through an internal camera-, understand the emotions they represent and react to them. Through his words and gestures.
He is also able to start a casual conversation even when the user does not address him, remember what he has been told before and remember anecdotes or preferences of humans.
All these skills make it an ideal companion for the elderly, children, those who live alone, and also, the drivers, one of the main functions for which it was designed.
Kirobo Mini can be incorporated into a small seat, which costs 5,950 yen (45 euros / 53 dollars) and It allows you to take a car or a ride, where it will alert the user if the car is low on gasoline or if he has forgotten to close the house door.
This robot is the little brother of Kirobo, An astronaut android spent a year and a half on the International Space Station accompanying astronaut Koichi Wakata.
Kirobo Mini is the last bet of a large Japanese multinational in the robot sector after the launch of the successful Softbank Pepper - whose first 1,000 copies sold in 2015 sold out in just ten minutes - or Sharp's Robohon, the The world's first robotic mobile.