The joys of owning a pet without the responsibility — such is the selling point of Panasonic’s companion robot, NICOBO.
Meet NICOBO. An adorable companion robot that may be moody, but also empathetic. Just like a real pet, Nicobo can wiggle, wag its tail, make cute noises, snuggle, and even fart! Don’t worry, the farts won’t smell a thing.
Panasonic describes NICOBO as a “weak” companion robot in the sense that it cannot do much more than the aforementioned. However, it certainly is a smart pet as it has voice recognition and can also learn a few words in Japanese (seeing as how this is a Japanese companion robot).
Unlike most pet robots, NICOBO also has facial and emotional recognition, making it an advanced companion robot to own.
Panasonic first announced NICOBO back in February 2021 when they began their crowdfunding for the moody yet empathetic companion robot. Two years later, the companion robot is now available for pre-order online and will officially make its way into stores on May 16, 2023.