NEC shows off Japanese-speaking robot

NEC shows off Japanese-speaking robot

Summary: At an NEC event in Sydney recently, the electronics giant was showing off some of its latest technologies, which included a robot called PaPeRo.PaPeRo is a robot designed for the family home.

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At an NEC event in Sydney recently, the electronics giant was showing off some of its latest technologies, which included a robot called PaPeRo.

PaPeRo is a robot designed for the family home. Its body houses voice and face recognition technology, which is powered by an Intel Pentium M 1.6MHz processor with a 40GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM. It also includes a built-in mobile phone.

The robot has been in development for around 10 years but the electronics giant has not yet set a date to commence mass production.

In this 1:43 video, after a slow start, PaPeRo demonstrates an understanding for basic commands and responds when asked to mimic a microwave oven ... and then a train.

Topics: Emerging Tech, Hardware

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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