Kirobo Wants To Talk To You While You Drive

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Toyota has come up with a talking robot, named Kirobo, that is designed to talk to you while you are driving. Only four inches high, it will fit into the cup holder of a Toyota Corolla, and will carry on a conversation, even being able to judge your mood and recognize facial expressions. It will remember your likes and dislikes, as well as any other car trips that you have taken together.
     
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    I want one for Christmas! Maybe it will keep me awake driving to my daughter's house.

    Can I bring him in my house too? Sometime talking to Pickles gets boring.

    Edit: OIC, you have to have a Toyota, right?
     
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    As far as I can determine, they are separate from the car so, although they are designed to fit into the Toyota Corolla cup holder, they would work with any car. I don't know that they are being sold outside of Japan yet, though.
     
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    cat-it.jpg I saw this the other day, and it appeals to me. I don't have the money for such things these days, but in the past, I probably would have bought one. I still like my I-Cat, although come to think of it, I need to change his batteries. I hope you get one of these for Christmas, if they're available here, @Chrissy Page.
     
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    Does it talk to you? I just see it playing music.
     
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    Aw Chrissy - I hope you get one try googling for one
    I know there are different models :)
     
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    No, it only interacts with the music, goes by frequency, i think. It's older, so isn't as high tech as the furbies or this new one that Ken posted about.
     
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    Lol, I sound pretty pathetic...looking for a robot to talk to me. :)
     
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    Ha ha - well they could be more interesting than some folk :p
     
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    Just another thing, like cell phones, to distract drivers while driving. Absolutely not needed!
     
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    Someone talking to me would keep me awake while I drive...I get so sleepy on a long boring stretch of hwy 152.
     
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    I'd like one that could scratch my back too. :)
     
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    Sounds reasonable :p
     
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    Even real pets in a car can be a distraction.

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    I don't think this would be any more distracting than OnStar or another GPS. I find those extremely distracting, and also disturbing. I can see how they can be helpful, but I don't like a voice from nowhere, especially since I've seen them take people in wrong directions. I'd rather have one of these, so at least I could feel o.k. talking back to it :p. I used to have an issue with getting very tired while driving, too, and if this can help with that, it'd be worth considering.
     
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    How would that work with more than one person in the car? Can it handle multiple conversations?
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    Agree about pets being a distraction. Pickles hates car rides so for the first 20 mins I'm driving with one hand and petting him with the other and reassuring him. I mention the names of my daughter and grandsons and that we're going to see them and tell him he's ok, etc.

    Same thing every few weeks for 8 years now...he doesn't get it.
     
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    Lol...maybe I don't want one...I used to have kids and remember that.

    @Shirley Martin , you crack me up...I'm still giggling after reading that.
     
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    Hmm, it looks like a competitor of Siri (the iPhone's talking secretary). But like @Chrissy Page, I also want one for Christmas just for the novelty of it. But I haven't heard it here so maybe Kirobo has not yet arrived because some of my colleagues are always up to date when it come to technology particularly novelty gadgets. My usual companion in the car is the radio, I listen to either music or commentaries and news. Maybe if I got bored during a heavy traffic, Kirobo could perk me up.
     
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    Evidently there are a lot of lonely single people in Japan, in need of an object to talk to. It has the "intelligence" of a 5 year old.
     
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    I think you could get through college on that.
     
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