Would you let a robot watch your kid? A Chinese company hopes so

posted by Dave DeVille - 

A Chinese company has unveiled a $1,500 robot which some parents have already purchased to babysit their children.

According to the Daily Mail, the cute iPal, which stands about the height of a five-year-old kid, speaks two languages, tells jokes, teaches math, and interacts with kids via a tablet in its chest, Teletubby-style.

The paper reports that the buddy bot was programmed to act like four-to-eight-year-old child, "becoming an extra child in the family that also helps relieve the burden felt by China's busy parents."

The iPal also lets parents see what's going on via a smartphone app, giving them peace of mind.

The robot will be available in the U.S. later this year.

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