Everyone knows by now that anything that comes from Japan is either going to be a) a giant, transforming robot or b) suuuuuupeeer kawaaaiiiiiiii. The CoCoNatch falls into the latter category. Currently being developed by students from both the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, the CoCoNatch is a communication robot that lights up and convulses whenever a new message hits your Twitter feed. It connects to your computer via USB, and will display different colors depending on the context of the new tweet. Gently massaging CoCoNatch will allow you to respond to the message, and 20 different phrases can be recorded and played back when appropriate. As for the design, the confused jellybean look is meant to appeal to people who would otherwise avoid robots altogether. Good idea, since most robots are known to either blow stuff up or marry off couples.
At the moment, the plan is to start selling them in the fall for around $45 a piece.
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