The Panasonic 'Nicobo' is a robotic pet created in co-development with the robotics researchers from Toyohashi University of Technology Michio Oka Laboratory and is focused on providing companionship in a new way.
The cat-inspired robot has a rounded design that gives it an almost cartoon-like appearance that will react according to the user. This includes a wagging tail and eyes that will wink in appreciate when petted, while the cheeky companion robot can even fart when it doesn't get what it wants.
The Panasonic 'Nicobo' is available now for purchase in Japan, but is limited to just 320 examples priced at $360 each. If successful, the robot could be made in larger quantities to offer consumers a less labor-intensive way to keep a pet companion nearby.