2. Wide of news conference with Fuminori Kataoka, Toyota Production Planning Division Project Manager (left) and Moritaka Yoshida, Toyota Senior Managing Officer (right)
3. Close of Kirobo Mini on hand
4. Tilt from Kirobo Mini to Kataoka and Yoshida
5. Close of Kirobo Mini turning its head
6. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Fuminori Kataoka, Toyota Production Planning Division Project Manager:
"Toyota Motors has been making cars that have a lot of valuable uses. But this time we're just pushing emotional value to the forefront."
7. Kirobo Mini speaking with Kataoka UPSOUND (Japanese):
Kataoka: "Yes, yes?"
8. Wide of Kirobo Mini speaking with Kataoka with UPSOUND (Japanese): "Weren't you eating ramen on the second Saturday of September also?"
9. Close of Kirobo Mini speaking with UPSOUND (Japanese): "You look kind of sad, did something happen?"
10. Kirobo Mini speaking with Kataoka
Kirobo: "Bye-bye" (waves hand)
11. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Fuminori Kataoka, Toyota Production Planning Division Project Manager:
"The reason why we insisted on this - it is about the existence of something you can talk to. A stuffed animal might not answer back, but people do talk to it as if it responds, like my daughter once did. But if it talked back - if it said 'did something happen?' – wouldn't that be better?"
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12. Woman driving car with Kirobo Mini at her side
13. Kirobo Mini in car UPSOUND (Japanese): "Oh no, oh no, that scared me."
14. Kirobo Mini in car, with the driver turning off the engine. Kirobo responds with UPSOUND (Japanese): "Don't leave me behind!"
15. Woman carrying Kirobo Mini in her bag taking a walk
16. Close of Kirobo Mini in a bag with UPSOUND (Japanese): "Come to think of it, weren't we here last month as well?"
The new robot from Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. can't do much but chatter in a high-pitched voice.
The 39,800-yen (390 US dollar), 10-centimetre (4-inch) -tall, doll-like Kirobo Mini - whose name comes from "kibo," or "hope," and "robot" - supposedly has the intelligence of a 5-year-old.
Fuminori Kataoka, general manager in charge of the project, says its value is emotional, going from home to car to the outdoors as a faithful companion, although the owner must do all the walking and driving.
Preorders start in Japan later this year. Shipments are set for next year. No overseas sales are planned so far.
It comes equipped with a camera, microphone and Bluetooth, and connects to a smartphone.
It turns its head toward a voice, although sometimes that function fails.