f you’re tired of struggling to make human connections, a Japanese startup is putting a price tag on the robotic variety — and it’s pretty steep.
GROOVE X launched a companion robot Tuesday that’s programmed to make lonely humans feel the love.
The Lovot, which resembles a cuddly children’s toy and comes in a rainbow of colors, retails for around $3,100 before taxes and other fees.
Be warned: The wheeled robot cannot help with practical tasks such as housework — but it will “draw out your ability to love,” Groove X founder and CEO Kaname Hayashi told reporters at the launch in Tokyo.“When you touch your Lovot, embrace it, even just watch it, you’ll find yourself relaxing [and]feeling better. It’s a little like feeling love toward another person,” the company’s website reads.
“Lovot will react to your moods and do all it can to fill you with joy and re-energize you. It may not be a living creature, but Lovot will warm your heart.”
The Lovot, an amalgam of “love” and “robot,” uses artificial intelligence to mimic human-like emotional responses: It sleeps when cuddled and follows the leader when called (a thermal camera allows it to scan the room and find its owner).
Users can access the Lovot’s camera through a smartphone app, and can be used for other practical purposes like baby monitoring.
For those who want an even more personalized experience, the 6-pound robot will be able to change outfits, with a range of clothing and accessories available for purchase.
Pre-orders for a set of two start shipping in 2019 and pre-orders for a single are slated to ship in early 2020. Either way, you have plenty of time to decide whether you wanna Lovot or leave it.