TOKYO, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FRONTEO Communications, Inc. ("FRONTEO Communications"), a wholly-owned digital marketing subsidiary of FRONTEO, Inc. ("FRONTEO" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:FTEO) (TSE:2158), which provides big-data analytics services using its proprietary artificial intelligence ("AI") engine, announced today that it will start taking pre-orders on November 2 for Kibiro, the small robot equipped with FRONTEO's proprietary KIBIT AI engine for recommendation functions. Retail customers 1 can place their orders via Kibiro's official website (http://www.kibiro.com/) and at Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings' department stores 2. Kibiro can provide information suited to users' needs by learning their interests and preferences from conversations and text data obtained via a special application ("app") that can be used on both smartphones and tablets. The app is connected to the KIBIT AI engine through a cloud network 3. Kibiro will become a reliable partner to provide satisfactory solutions to users through continuous communications. "We have received excellent feedback from corporate clients who are using our Kibiro AI robots and expect Kibiro to gain even more interest as we sell to individual households. We are confident that Kibiro will become a PR ambassador for FRONTEO's KIBIT with its cute appearance and gestures," says Masahiro Morimoto, CEO and Chairman of the Board at FRONTEO. The debut retail version of Kibiro for pre-order is capable of providing recommendations on books and healthcare information. The recommended retail price is ¥150,000 and there is a monthly service charge of ¥5,000 (excl. tax). More recommendation functions will be available through upgrades 4 in the future. The debut version will be available for pre-order from November 2 to December 31, 2016, with delivery and services to start in February 2017. Customers who place pre-orders for the debut version will have the chance to participate in further development of the Kibiro robot through user-monitor surveys. A limited version of Kibiro, attired in a vest and bow tie with the Isetan tartan (MacMillan) design, will be available for pre-order at the Isetan Shinjuku store only. FRONTEO and FRONTEO Communications have been developing Kibiro since November 2015. Sales of Kibiro for corporate clients started in the first half of 2016, and since then the robots have been installed in companies' showrooms and presented at public facilities. FRONTEO and FRONTEO Communications intend to further develop Kibiro to become an essential part of customers' daily lives.