London, Oct 13 : Toy manufacturer Tomy Co. has unveiled the world's smallest walking robot in Japan. The human-shaped Robo-Q, which is not bigger than a thumb, can kick a football, find its way out of a maze and dodge unexpected obstacles, reports the Telegraph.
The two-legged micro robot, which stands only 3.4 cm high, is fitted with artificial intelligence enabling it to navigate and play games.
Built-in infrared sensors also enable the Robo-Q to walk around objects placed in its path.
Robo-Q's ability to kick and pass a ball, with the use of a remote control, means the toy could be used to play miniature table football.
The robot is available in four different colours and will be sold in Japan from next February for 21 pounds before being released in Europe.
The tiny creation was among more than 100 different types of robots being showcased by companies, academics and organisations during Robo Japan 2008, a three-day convention of all things robotic, held in Yokohama.