An antidote to Japan’s rapidly falling birthrate may soon come in the unlikely form of a miniature robot.
The Kirobo Mini was unveiled Monday by Toyota as part of the automaker’s Heart Project, which aims to provide a “cuddlesome” robot baby companion for humans.
The unveiling of the robot comes as Japanese adults increasingly find themselves childless, as the country’s population continues to shrink.
TOKYO (AP) — The new robot from Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. can't do much but chatter in a high-pitched voice. Fuminori Kataoka, general manager in charge of the project, says its value is emotional, going from home to car...
Toyota says it will start selling a mug-sized robot called Kirobo Mini as a chatty companion for its human owners. Video provided by AFP
Toyota’s pint-size robot, Kirobo, a combination of the Japanese word for hope and robot, can hold basic conversations while blinking its oversize eyes and wagging its limbs.
A potentially significant moment in history will occur in the first few months of 2017 as Toyota's Kirobo Mini companion robot is released commercially. To be fully unveiled to the world tomorrow at CEATEC in Tokyo, the Kirobo Mini ...