Japanese company Tomy has announced the Robi jr. humanoid robot that is able to say 1,000 phrases and sing almost 50 songs, and will be released in early 2015. The robot will retail for $140 and should be released in retail stores and online. The robot is just eight inches in height and includes an integrated calendar along with voice recognition, providing owners with the ability to ask what time it is.
Tomy will also have Chinese-speaking versions of Robi jr. for customers in Hong Kong and Taiwan, available around the same time as the Japanese version. The company hopes to sell 50,000 Robi jr. units per year in Japan, and didn't release sales predictions for foreign markets.
Tomy has a wide variety of toys and technology-themed products geared towards children in Japan and across the world.