Robotic Friendship

Consumers turn to robots for an efficient source of socialization

Implications - A shift in consumer desires has robots offering forms of socialization rather than high-tech efficiency. Providing friendship and personalized engagement, these robotic innovations help replace the need for human contact. Thus, reflecting an evolution in attitudes toward technology that goes beyond pragmatism and toward more personal fulfillment.
SCORE: 3.3
Mild Top 6 Examples: 13,876 Total Clicks Jun 12 - Sep 14
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Consumer Insight Topics: TechRobots
Digital iPhone Dogs - The Bandai SmartPet Transforms a Smart Phone into a Loveable Companion
SCORE: 5.6
Hot 8,059 Clicks Pub: Jun 20, 12
Digital iPhone Dogs
The Bandai SmartPet Transforms a Smart Phone into a Loveable Companion
Since cell phones have seemingly overtaken the canine companion’s traditionally held role of ‘man’s best friend,’ it only makes sense that the Bandai SmartPet would... [More]
Miniature Robot Pets - Aesthetec Studio Makes Cute, Interactive Robot Friends with Personality
SCORE: 3
Mild 2,499 Clicks Pub: Sep 19, 13
Miniature Robot Pets
Aesthetec Studio Makes Cute, Interactive Robot Friends with Personality
Aesthetec Studio, stationed in Toronto Canada, is the company behind miniature robot friends that are great for kids and adults! These adorable little robots respond to light, sound, touch, each... [More]
Japanese Talking Toy Puppies - The 'Keitai Wanko' Interactive Puppy Communicates with a Fake Phone
SCORE: 2.1
Mild 1,963 Clicks Pub: Aug 8, 12
Japanese Talking Toy Puppies
The 'Keitai Wanko' Interactive Puppy Communicates with a Fake Phone
A fun and interactive toy dog has arrived on the Japanese market referred to as the ‘Keital Wanko’ robot dog. Keital, meaning “mobile phone” and Wanko meaning “puppy,&#... [More]
Handy Household Robots - The Jibo Family Robot Makes the Ordinary Household Hi-Tech
SCORE: 3.5
Untested 272 Clicks Pub: Sep 16, 14
Handy Household Robots
The Jibo Family Robot Makes the Ordinary Household Hi-Tech
Jibo is a smart and friendly family robot that’s like having your very own Rosie from The Jetsons at home. The bot designed by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is designed to perform a range of tasks,... [More]
Serving Robot Restaurants - The Robot Restaurant in China is Almost Entirely Run by Mechanical Men
SCORE: 2.8
Untested 818 Clicks Pub: Apr 25, 14
Serving Robot Restaurants
The Robot Restaurant in China is Almost Entirely Run by Mechanical Men
The Robot Restaurant in China has replaced human servers with robot servers. This particular restaurant in China employs these machines as its staff. The Robot Restaurant is located in China’s... [More]
Interactive Phone Robots - This Social Robot Displays Your Friend's Face During Phone Calls
SCORE: 1.4
Untested 265 Clicks Pub: Apr 7, 14
Interactive Phone Robots
This Social Robot Displays Your Friend's Face During Phone Calls
The ‘Socibot’ social robot is a step forward in the direction of human-like robots. This robot is able to show your friend’s face while you are on the phone with them. This feature... [More]