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This KOMPAI robot may look like something out of an '80s TV series, but I can assure you it's much more advanced than Marvin, the Paranoid Android from the television adaptation of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The KOMPAI robot was developed by French company Robosoft and was designed specifically to help people in their old age with simple everyday tasks. Those tasks include scheduling appointments, providing companionship, writing out grocery lists and even phoning up physicians.

Implications - Consumers are more readily able to accept new technologies if they are able to empathize with them, which explains society's fascination with humanoid robots. Corporations looking to introduce new devices need to take into consideration the product's physical design and whether it will alienate or be embraced by consumers.