Pomi The Robot Penguin

In an earlier post, I mentioned Pomi in a newspaper headline. For those of you who wanted more information, here you go:

Pomi (Penguin Robot for Multimodal Interaction) can see, hear, touch and emit smells as well as making faces, Friday's Korea Times reported.

The robot can move its lips, eyebrows and even pupils freely to make faces and can emit two kinds of fragrances to match its emotions. A "heart box" on the chest will feature different kinds of heartbeats depending on its mood when it is touched, the paper reported.

Pomi is programmed to answer users through voice-recognition technology and various sensors allow it to recognise and locate humans. It was developed by the state-run Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) which plans to put Pomi to commercial use.