Qrio is a small entertainment humanoid that can hear, speak, sing, walk, run, dance, recognize faces, and grasp objects. It was exceptionally advanced for its time, and sadly it was canceled in 2006. Sigh.
Did you know?
Qrio can perform a variety of dances, including the Para Para, a popular Japanese dance.
Qrio was the brainchild of Yoshihiro Kuroki, general manager of Sony Entertainment Robot Co., in Shinbashi, Japan. The project started in 2000 and was named SDR, for Sony Dream Robot. In 2001 Sony developed SDR-3X, and in 2003 it unveiled SDR-4X, a new version emphasizing human interaction. Sony developed new technologies specifically for Qrio, including a small actuator and software for motion creation. In 2006, Sony unveiled the fifth generation of the robot. On 26 January 2006, Sony announced that it would stop development of Qrio.