Monday, July 23, 2007

$6,299 Hello Kitty Robot Replaces Good Parenting

Now up for preorder, the lovable robot can chat with a child in
three different personality modes: as a close friend, with the family
and as a guessing game. But that's just the tip of the proverbial Hello
Kitty iceberg.

Featuring face recognition through a CMOS sensor and voice
recognition through a microphone, hopefully Hello Kitty will remember
not to blurt your secrets to the first Aibo who crosses her path. Her
face, whiskers and ribbons are equipped with LED lights, which (we're
guessing based upon vague description) alter states based upon identity
recognition and/or Aibo seduction.

A moving head, arms and legs couple with a motion sensor...probably
for cold, calculated robot hugs. And Hello Kitty appears to be an
entertainment device with TV-Out and mouse compatibility...probably for
cold, calculated robot brainwashing.

Though light on specifics, we think the website sums it up best
with: "This is a perfect robot for whoever does not have a lot time to
stay with child. Hello Kitty Robo can help you to stay with your child
to keep them from being lonely."

Article Link (Gizmodo)

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