If 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.
Is the Lovot playing hard to get here?Getty Images
“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.