RUBI robot

So good ol' QRIO's already been hangin' with the toddlers, and now is getting a companion — the RUBI robot, complete with special kid-approved appearance. Something about her three-foot-tall high-powered CPU frame, two camera eyes and winning smile tends to prompt kids to give her spontaneous hugs. She can track heads and detect faces and basic expressions, and can "learn and progress" via control from a cluster of 24 more CPUs (in addition to her 5) back at the lab. Her role in the classroom is to teach songs and play interactive games with the kids, and generally indoctrinate them into the world of our robotic overlords.

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