Meet Kirobo Mini, the baby robot best friend of your dreamsToyota's companion robot makes small talk, reads your emotions, and gets scared if you leave him in the car.
If you ever dreamed of having your very own baby robot best friend, Toyota has just a buddy to make your dreams come true. Say hello to Kirobo Mini, a four inch tall companion robot that can engage Casual conversations, that is if you speak Japanese. Toyota is selling it across Japan next year and it'll cost about $400. The pint-sized animated pal fits in the palm of your hand and requires a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. And there's a special app for him that costs about $3 a month. The robot is able to recognizable people's facial expression. So, it can tell if you're upset or happy and even follow you to keep eye contact. Kirobo also learns from past conversations and it can gather information from your connected car. He may even know when you're leaving the car and please for you to not leave him behind This is a mini version of a robot that was sent into space three years ago. The first key robo was hanging out at the International Space Station for 18 months, making small talk with the station's first Japanese commander. Kirobo was developed by the University of Tokyo and roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi, along with the help from various groups like Toyota. The idea was to create a robot that could be a companion for humans. It's not quite advanced enough to be called artificially intelligent, And he may not be practical, but he sure excels in cuteness. I'm Bridge Kerry, and you can keep up with the latest tech news at CNET.com./update. [MUSIC]