Kirobo Mini can apparently chat away and even respond to facial expressions. Image Credit: CNN news
Kirobo Mini can apparently chat away and even respond to facial expressions. Image Credit: CNN news

One of world’s biggest automakers, Toyota Corp., plans to sale to us a 4-inch high robot; Kirobo Mini, described by the company as “a miniature communication partner developed to provide companionship” in dealerships across Japan next year for around $400 (roughly 1.4 million UGX) before tax. However, the company never did mention any plans for introducing it in other countries.

According to Toyota, Kirobo can remember its companion’s likes and dislikes as well as journeys they’ve taken together, and can be linked up to cars and gadgets in the home to make the conversation more lively, CNN news reports.

In one of the companies video seen, the robot can apparently chat away and even respond to facial expressions. “Oh no, what has happened?” it asks in response to a young woman’s downcast face.

Robots in Japan are seen as part of the solution to the country’s aging population and shrinking workforce. Androids are being touted as potential caregivers for the elderly and child minders that could enable more women to work.

The Japanese automotive manufacturer hope Kirobo Mini will contribute to making life and society more abundant.