From Japan, the country that brought you Hello Kitty and Life Like Extreme Sex Robots, comes the Seal Type Mental Commit Robot for Psychological Enrichment. No, that’s not from Borat. That would be the mental marketing giants from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology crushing it with a catchy title for their invention. Their site is chock full of misplaced polysyllabic verbiage, and I would do it an injustice if I did not use some of the actual quotes. “Recent advances in robotics have been applied to automation in industrial manufacturing with the primary purpose of optimizing practical systems in terms of such objective measures as accuracy, speed, and cost. However, the resulting robots are mostly kept away from human beings because people can be injured during their everyday functioning.” Anyone else having a “All your base are belong to us” flashback? So that quote kind of implies that they are about to start large quantities of cheap robots… NOT! Paro, the sealbot, costs $6699! Marketed as the most interactive “healing pet” made to date, it comes with a huge array of sensors, sophisticated “robotic action”, a pacifier (WTF?!), realistic voice of a baby seal, and claims to develop a personality over time that corresponds with its owners play style. Maybe I am a little jaded but for $6699 I want to know if it will play my MP3s and bleed when I club it.
If you are, still, not convinced of how ftarded this thing is… watch the video after the break.
[Source] Via KSU