Japan to debut Hello Kitty robot

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Correspondents in Tokyo
July 13, 2004

FANS of Hello Kitty will get a chance to realise their dream of chatting with the hugely popular cartoon character later this year with the launch of a hi-tech robot of the feline.

FANS of Hello Kitty will get a chance to realise their dream of chatting with the hugely popular cartoon character later this year with the launch of a hi-tech robot of the feline.

The Hello Kitty Robo, equipped with a camera, speakers and sensors, will make its debut in Japan on November 1 to coincide with the cat’s 30th “birthday”, a group of Japanese companies said Monday.

The 52-centimetre-high robot will be able to recognise 10 people, greeting them and having chats, using phrases such as “It’s already lunch time. Have you eaten yet?”, according to manufacturer Business Design Laboratory.

Equipped with an ultra-sound sensor and camera, the mechanical Kitty can tell if anybody is approaching.

It can call a playmate’s name and start chatting by sorting 20,000 patterns of pre-registered conversations and picking phrases it feels are best suited to the occasion.

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