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Welcome to a quick tour from the show floor of CEATEC 2016!

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We're going to highlight all the robots from this year's show.

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We'll start with this guy. His name is Robopin, and he's designed to act as a guide within shopping malls and the like.

And if you think he looks a whole lot like WALL-E's girlfriend EVE, you're not alone...

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This is Kirobo mini!

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He's a miniature version of a robot called RoBoHon, making his debut at this year's show.

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Kirobo is designed to travel with you in your Toyota, sitting in your cupholder and acting as a virtual companion.

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This shiny guy is a new, polished version of Denso's arm, called Denoute Kun.

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It can play the game of Shogi, which is a lot like Japanese chess. No surprise, it's quite good!

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Hate cleaning windows? Hobot is for you.

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The company was showing off a new version of its window-cleaning bots, one of which can even do the corners!

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This is a robotic boat, an environment-monitoring aquatic drone, from Yunzhou Tech.

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Using the laptop, you can program in a given area and the boat will take a series of water samples automatically, reporting back its findings and monitoring water quality.

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This somewhat-intimidating guy is called Spider.

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He's a search-and-rescue bot that can use a series of cameras and a laser scanner to monitor the environment.

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Spider's articulated and treaded legs allow it to cover the heavily damaged terrain of a collapsed building.

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Get ready for a little nightmare fuel...

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This guy is called CommU, from a Japanese travel company called JTB.

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CommU is another helper bot designed to give information to wayward travelers, of which Japan has plenty.

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Remember the little Android-powered RoBoHon from last year? Well, he's back. What's new? Well...

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Dig those new threads! Yeah, you can get him in new colors, like that funky plaid.

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Or pink dots.

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Another robot making a return visit is Laundroid, which last year wowed us with promises of folding all our laundry.

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This year Laundroid is slightly improved, faster and able to not only fold, but also sort your clothes! It's still at least a year away from production.

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And Omron's ping-pong robot is back as well.

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It's faster, better and yet no less intimidating than before.

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These adorable dudes are made from a kit called Artec BlockRobo.

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The kits allow for easy, Lego-style construction of simple robots.

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The Artec people also added some googly eyes, which make all the difference.

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This is Hitachi's EMIEW3, yet another robot designed to help those in need.

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EMIEW3 won't just provide guidance and answer simple questions. It's mobile and can even tell when people look confused!

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MUFG is one of Japan's largest banks, and this is its creation called NAO. It's a robot intended to help out the tellers -- but right now all it can do is read off the current currency exchange rates.

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And we had to leave you with something cute. This is Chapit, an adorable little bot who can do some simple home automation, such as turning on lights. He's been on the market for a few years, but the fur and the mohawk are new, and they make all the difference.

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