LIT­TLE DRIV­ING COM­PAN­ION

Torque (Singapore) - - NEWS -

Go­ing on a road trip alone no longer has to be a lonely en­deav­our, es­pe­cially if you’ve got one of Toy­ota’s Kirobo Mi­nis.

This robot fits in the palm of your hand and is only 10cm tall when placed in a sit­ting po­si­tion. When the Kirobo Mini is con­nected to a ded­i­cated app via Blue­tooth, it will en­gage the user in con­ver­sa­tion based on information it has gath­ered, and can even mem­o­rise a user’s likes and dis­likes. The robot is also pro­grammed to recog­nise and in­ter­pret fa­cial ex­pres­sions, and adapt its tone and ges­tures ac­cord­ingly. Kirobo Mini has a max­i­mum “talk time” of 2.5 hours and takes three hours to recharge fully.

In Ja­pan, the Kirobo Mini re­tails for 39,800 yen ($530). There is a 300 yen ($4) monthly sub­scrip­tion fee for us­ing the app.

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