With growing age, seniors may wish to have grandchildren to hold. That’s why a toy company in Japan recently invented a “robotic granddaughter” so that every elder can enjoy the joys of being a grandparent.
Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy recently launched a multifunctional robotic doll “Ami-chan,” calling it their “precious granddaughter.”
“Ami-chan will bring a smile to your grandparents’ faces with her funny words,” the toy manufacturer said.
The product has since been open to the public for pre-ordering starting on Aug. 18.
— タカラトミー (@takaratomytoys) August 18, 2021
According to foreign media reports, Takara Tomy announced that the product has a strong elastic structure for hugging purposes and has long hair that you can comb.
The doll can also sing up to 40 Japanese folk songs and recite 35 tongue twisters, while also having a vocabulary database of up to 1,600 Japanese words.
It also has facial recognition software so that it can detect who it’s talking to and change the tone of voice and wording accordingly.
Customers need to register their names into the doll when they open it so that it can be customized to recognize its owner and call them by their names.
這個先進的智能娃娃目前在網路商店Takara Tomy Mall販售，價格為27,500日圓(台幣6,999)，從8月27日開始銷售，Takara Tomy表示，9月15日以前下訂的消費者可以在9月20日日本敬老節以前拿到。另外，此產品目前僅開放在日本銷售。
The advanced smart doll is currently sold online, at Takara Tomy Mall, for 27,500 yen (around NT$6,999) from August 27.
The toy company also has a promotional activity that guarantees customers who purchase the doll before Sep. 15 receive it before Japan’s “Respect for the Aged Day” on Sep. 20.
The product is also currently only available in Japan.
Immediately after the announcement of the product on Twitter, some Japanese social media users commented that the doll looked quite scary, while others suggested adding an emergency button on it so that elders can call for help if anything happened.
Some also claimed it was cheaper than they originally thought while others pointed out that due to its customization functions, everyone would think twice before tossing the doll out.
However, social media users also questioned the camera installed in the doll which could become a privacy issue.
Takara Tomy then quelled their unease saying that the camera will only be turned on when the doll is in face recognition and hug mode, which is used to capture the facial features of the user.
With the rise of elders living alone in Japan, this gift can provide them with warmth and help bring a little love into their homes.