The Japanese company, Panasonic, has introduced a machine for those who do not want to own a real one inside the house.
The “Nikobo” robot cat gives a lot of familiarity with the increase in social distancing and home quarantine due to the Corona virus pandemic. “Nikobo” was invented in cooperation with the “Michio Oka” technology laboratory from Toyohashi University, and it is very similar to “a cat stuck in a sock.”
Nikobo has many satisfactory features for a large number of consumers, including its ability to recognize faces using the camera attached to it, listen to your voice and respond to it through the directional microphones provided with it, and it also interacts when touched or hugged thanks to its possession of touch sensors, according to the site « Gizmodo ».
On the other hand, the cat “Nikobo” has unpleasant features, such as farting, as well as not tracking its owner inside the room like a real cat, and its only movement abilities are limited to turning and looking up and down. Nikobo also has a limited vocabulary and is able to speak entire Japanese sentences in a similar way to a young child.
But the purchase of the “Nikobo” robot will not be affordable in the near future, because the company “Panasonic” plans to sell 320 units of it only in the first stage of operation of its production, as it expects it to be available in March 2022, a time it believes will witness the end of the Corona pandemic ». Panasonic sells its pet for about $ 360, but those who manage to book it in advance will be required to pay $ 10 per month in exchange for features such as smartphone pairing and updates.