Ok, the robot sounds amazing, but what's with that bowtie?
Designed as a service robot, it supposedly can carry on conversations and fetch objects for people. Most impressively the Digital Chosunibo article states, "The most important function is the robot’s capacity to recognize things by its sense of touch. Since helper robots live with humans all the time, security is crucial. For that reason, synthetic skin which detects the texture of things like human skin is essential. The skin developed by a team led by Gang Dae-im and Kim Jong-ho from the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science has polyamide film and three-axis sensors that can detect vertical pressure and horizontal sliding. It is capable of recognizing the weight of objects with a less than 10 g margin of error when it holds a 100 g object."
That's really quite amazing, but I can't imagine the liability risk involved in something like that.
Anyhoo... I've long been waiting for the day when robots take over and make humans their pets. One step closer to my dream of laying around in the sun all day and getting scratched behind my ears.