Sony’s new robotic assistant known as the Xperia hello is currently ready for Japanese homes. The swiveling smart speaker we 1st saw as a prototype last year features big animated eyes and a 4.55 in. LCD in its belly. The Xperia robot runs android and responds to voice, gestures, and facial expressions. It also can take photos, make Skype video calls, check the status of family members each inside and outside the house, offer reminders, and alert you of news, weather changes, and road traffic. and because it’s for Japan, it’s also able to send and receive messages from the very popular messaging line.
Hello’s price is steep tho’ at around $1,300; a disappointment to some fans, according to The Wall Street Journal, because its main functions ar just like the Echo lineup of speakers from Amazon that sell for $100 or less.
Sony says the robot will move spontaneously to simulate being a living being. to get its attention users simply call out “Hiperiaia!” (Hi Xperia!). The robot also can communicate using gestures and expressions that Sony hopes can create it feel more like a member of the family.
The Xperia hello can ship on Nov 18th in Japan only, for now.