Posted 01.13.2012 at 4:20 pm
A Japanese robot called the Babyloid (a name so close to making sense in English but still falling a touch short) is designed to be cute. That cuteness, which manifests in its appearance, its reactions to stimuli, and its giant button face that's so cute you just want to eat it all up, is supposed to be helpful to depressed elderly folk. Read more at FastCoDesign.
This week, in the midst of the Consumer Electronics Show, the Detroit Auto Show, and the 219th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, we were inundated with pictures. The most exciting gadgets, the hottest cars, and the most humbling, beautiful space pics all showed up this week. But that doesn't mean we can't also take time and look at adorable Japanese robot...things. Or frogs so tiny they can comfortably hang out on the surface of a dime.
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