The automaker Toyota had designed a small humanoid robot 34 cm high, named Kirobo, and sent it in August 2013 in the International Space Station (ISS) to study the influence of this robot on behavior humans in a restricted environment and see the consequences on the state of mood and the attitude of humans. As the experiment was satisfactory, Toyota decided to market this same robot, but in a smaller version, about ten centimeters, weighing 183 grams.
The Kirobo robot will be a companion robot, it can be carried in a bag to accompany the user everywhere in his travels, including by car. Kirobo watches over the driver by reminding him to be careful on the road, and take breaks regularly. It can also keep the vehicle passengers company.
Kirobo connects to the smartphone in Bluetooth and is used with a dedicated application. He has voice recognition, can follow the movement of his interlocutor, recognize facial expressions and emotions through its sensors to interact with his user. He also has artificial intelligence because he learns and becomes smarter every time he interacts with his user. For example, if the user tells him that he likes chocolate and that it is good, Kirobo will remember this data and may in a later conversation, highlight this information. The more Kirobo will interact with its user, the more intelligent it will become. Kirobo can also synthesize the voices of its interlocutors, automatically process natural language, recognize faces and record videos. This mini robot is actually a kind of connected object because it can move according to the discussion and adapts with the exchanges with humans.