Date of appearance: 2015
Manufacturer: GMO Pepabo Inc.
Designer: Tomotaka Takahashi
Made in: Japan
Dimensions: 16 × 12 × 34 cm
Weight: 1 kg
Colors: black, white
Tags: featured

Tomotaka Takahashi is an expert in robotics world famous and has designed this unique robot. "Until now, we always paid too much attention to robots' functionality," says Takahashi. "With Robi, I tried to focus on communication and emotions. Robi has no practical function, except the pleasure of those who share their time with him." Robi can turn his head and pelvis 360 degrees. Microphones in his ears detect the location of a speaker and he will automatically turn his head towards him or her. He also has a built-in infrared remote emitter in his forehead so that he can function as a universal remote — so Robi can control your TV (subject to suitable TV setup). The 34 cm tall, 1kg toy has a vocabulary of 250 English words and can understand more than 250 phrases and command. He can also dance and show emotion by changing the colour of his eyes — and it will be you who puts him together! It will take some time to complete making Robi, but he will gain functions at each stage. De Agostini ModelSpace expert team breaks it down in Five Easy Build Phases. The only tool you need to put Robi together is a crosshead screwdriver which is provided with your 1st pack. By the time his head is complete, you will have been provided with a temporary neck stand and circuit board so you can see his head movement start to develop under control of the servo.