Moorebot is a voice interactive personal assistant and companion robot under development in China.
(Moorebot companion robot)
In addition to be being a full featured electronic assistant, Moorebot is an entertainer by itself. The unique eye expression and voice create a funny distinguishing character. The simple compact design can fit almost anywhere in a home, work or shop. With an open platform, the robot behavior can be customized and upgraded, giving it ability to learn.
Cute expressions are achieved by 4 high precision motors which drive the eyeball, the eye lib, and the head of the robot. The eye is wide open when the Moorebot is excited, closed if it feels bored, and blinking when things are not so sure. Never before, an eye contact becomes such an important feature for a robot. With music, the “eyeball dance” can make everyone laugh. Not just a personal assistant, but a FUN companion!
Frederik Pohl wrote about a companion robot in his 1954 story The Midas Plague:
"Puppy!" said Fairless heartily. "Your mother and I have something much better than a puppy for you. Just take a look under the tree there - it's a robot! Yes, Morey, your very own robot - a full-size 38-tube fully automatic companion for you! Go ahead, Morey, go right up and speak to it. Its name is Henry. Go on, boy."