We haven't seen much of the Pirkus-R Type-01 bot being developed by KDDI and I Bee over in Japan, but it just got a facial recognition upgrade from its human masters. Pirkus-R is a Bluetooth enabled bipedal robot that can be controlled from your phone and walk around of its own volition. If it spots a face it wants to identify, the bot can track its target until it's close enough to match the face with its registry. The little humanoid is set to make an appearance as a contender in the Robo-One fights this weekend at Panasonic Center Tokyo.

[Via Pink Tentacle]

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Pirkus-R Bluetooth bot gains facial recognition