Will the Sharp Cocorobo replace the iRobot Roomba on Woot?
It looks just like iRobot's Roomba vacuuming machine, except the new circular roaming vacuum cleaner from Sharp Corp. is trilingual, and even knows a hip, humorous dialect. Cocorobo, which can also send photos taken from your home to your cell phone, says 36 phrases, including "Long time no see" and "Hello," in Japanese, English and Chinese. The Japanese electronics maker says the robot also speaks the Kansai dialect of southwestern Japan widely viewed as more comical and witty than standard Japanese. The machine answers, "So good," when asked, "How's it going?" In the Kansai dialect, it replies the equivalent of, "I'm cool and feeling good." Sharp is based in Osaka, where the Kansai dialect is spoken. The dinner plate-sized robot sells for about 130,000 yen, or about $1,600. Check out videos (all in Japanese, it appears) at these sites. Pretty cool!