If you are sick of robots that could rise up and kill us all, you’ll be happy to know that Japan’s latest robot just wants hugs. It’s all about the hugs and nothing but the hugs. It doesn’t talk, but it does make noises like chirps. And the heat from its computer radiates out into the body to make its hugs warm.
Lovot has a plush body and big inviting eyes. It won’t lift a finger to help with your chores. It just wants those hugs. It’s kind of like a hug-addicted pet. This robot was developed by former Formula 1 racecar designer Kaname Hayashi who also worked on Softbank’s Pepper humanoid robot. “Everything about this robot is designed to create attachment,” he said while pointing out that Luvot won’t do any of your work. “In fact, it might just get in the way,” Hayashi said.
The “eyes” have six graphical layers that can mimic involuntary eye movement. It has over 50 sensors on the body that can detect touch. Also, three cameras map and navigate its surrounding environment and allow it to remember up to 1,000 people and also tell up to 100 apart at the same time. The Lovot is priced around $3,000 and requires a monthly plan which starts at $90. Sales will begin in Japan next year.
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