The Kirobo Toyota Robot Was Designed to Tackle Loneliness in Japan

By: Laura McQuarrie - Oct 10, 2016
References: smithsonianmag
At CEATEC 2016 in Tokyo, Japan, the Kirobo Toyota robot was unveiled as a charming new small-scale robot. The Kirobo Mini was developed as part of the Toyota Heart Project, which is an initiative that involves the creation of ideas powered by artificial intelligence to improve the world of the future.

A recent study reports that by the year 2030, more than 40% of the Japanese population will be living by themselves. The Kirobo Mini is a four-inch-tall companion that's named after the Japanese for "hope," and is designed to bring some light into the lives of the people it interacts with. The talking robot responds to gestures and emotions, using AI and a camera that helps it take in its surroundings.