The Kirobo Mini
Kirobo the robot astronaut won fans around the world during its International Space Station mission earlier this year. Now Toyota has created Kirobo Mini, a robot with the same “heart” that it hopes can become a friendly companion, communicating with people through expressions and gestures. It stands 100mm tall, weighs about 200g and speaks Japanese.
Kirobo has been developed through Toyota Heart, a joint project with Denso, Robo Garage and the University of Tokyo’s advanced science and technology research centre to explore meaningful communications between humans and robots.