FujiSoft's PALRO just keeps getting better, with the original educational robot getting an object-recognition upgrade late last year, and now learning English. Seemingly suggesting a launch outside of the current Japan-only market, the Atom-based 'bot can now maintain a conversation with English users.
Video demo after the cut
As well as explaining what, exactly, it is, PALRO can read out weather forecasts, access the internet and take a picture with a head-mounted camera. The latter is particularly nifty, responding to a voice instruction to take a shot, spotting the most likely subject automatically, asking them if they consent to be photographed and then giving a choice of places to wireless send the result.
Still, it's the plaintive "Please be good to me!" halfway through the video below that really strikes a chord. Right now, PALRO is on sale to educational establishments, priced at 298,000 yen ($3,596).
[via Plastic Pals]