QRIO grows third eye

Ah, look – it's little QRIO waving innocently to us, his condescending human friends. Go on, do your little dance. Brilliant. Hang on, what's that new

Ah, look – it's little QRIO waving innocently to us, his condescending human friends. Go on, do your little dance. Brilliant. Hang on, what's that new thing on his forehead, pointing directly at us? Looks like a gun barrel...right, we're leaving.

The audience at Sony's recent event in Ginza, Tokyo, needn't have worried – QRIO's new feature is no more sinister than a new third eye. The wide-angle camera can scan 150 degrees in either direction and apparently has much better visual recognition than his normal eyes.

It also lets the toddler-sized 'bot see several people at once and focus in on one of them, a feat beyond us humans without the use of narcotic drugs. The zooming mode has increased its angle of vision from 50 to 120 degrees.

He's clearly been down the gym, too. At the event, QRIO then went on to display new improved flexibility of his hands, waving at the audience while doing his customary breakdance.

His final Krypton Factor-style challenge was to identify some blocks by size and colour, and build a little stack. He passed, of course, and signed off with a little victory dance.

For all his endearing qualities, QRIO is still unavailable to buy, and Sony says this is unlikely to change in the near future. If you want to catch a glimpse of the new three-eyed wonder, though, he'll be shipping from next March – have a look with your pathetic two eyes at his website for more info.

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