Claws unsheathed. If you remember the Hello Kitty ROBO back when the pink feline celebrated her 30th anniversary, it looks like there may be a cat fight in the works. Doraemon, the cat-like robot from the 24th century, is about to get its own birthday bot for 30 years of TV anime. Bandai Japan's will unleash a 6.3-inch-tall robot called, drumroll... "My Doraemon."
Here's where the one-upmanship comes in. While ROBO sports a rather fixed stare and is mostly stationary, Doraemon employs e-paper eyes capable of expressing up to 10 different emotions. It also has a light and motion sensor to react to where it is, as well as a clock and temperature sensor that lets it respond with "good morning," "good night," and other preset sentences.
Doraemon is a Japanese manga series that later became an anime series and an Asian franchise. The birthday bot, slated for a September 6 launch in Japan, is a bit pricey at 31,500 yen ($350) for such a tiny thing. Then again, anime fans of Doraemon probably know this anniversary collectible will likely have a short run. Blink, and it's gone.