This is another signature cute robot product from Sony.
Its name is derived from "Quest for cuRIOsity" as they seek to replicate the curiosity found in a child, as well as the stature, and the idea that a smaller robot is more acceptable to humans - like Pino.
This android) is very much designed for human interactivity - and although expensive - is well on its way to a robot playmate rather like ((Isaac Asimov?'s Robby. It has a very smooth lifelike movement - and not the jerkiness normally associated with robots. Capable of basic conversation, facial recognition and its own navigation/information gathering - there is clearly some fairly interesting artificial intelligence behind it.
But dont take our word for it - see it yourself at their site: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/QRIO/