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The latest iteration of NEC's partner droid could use third-party apps to help keep an eye over your home or distant relatives.
Qbot is a prototype home robot that can interact with its user and avoid obstacles. Developer Francisco Paz says it will be an open-source machine that will be cheap enough to garner many users.
NEC's partner robot PaPeRo has been put to work as a cashier. Combined with NEC's Twinpos self-checkout system, the robot can look cute while taking your cash.
Well, more like soccer players. Still, the Eco-drive bots move "as long as there is light or until breaking," the watch maker says.
Another handset allows direct and easy posting of videos and photos directly from the phone.
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These prototype robots won't roll their eyes or dance, but if you fall, they could help you get up. Photo: Robotic jacket has power up its sleeve
NEC has unveiled a robot that can access the Internet, relay messages, walk, talk and even dance. Designed for the home, the robot performs a range of electronic tasks such as retrieving e-mail from the Internet and relaying it when someone comes home. PaPeRo--short for Partner-type Personal Robot--comes with a video screen which can provide a stream of visual data, enabling it to send video messages. It can also recognize the person for whom the message is intended. The robot can detect voices via four microphones and can respond to a range of instructions such as, "Get my e-mail". It can access the Internet and relay e-mail messages through its ability to recognize more than 650 phrases. Still in development in Japan, NEC expects PaPeRo to be released by the end of the year. Ten robots will be available initially. Staff writer Megan McAuliffe reported from Australia.