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Photos: Tokyo robot-fest

International robot exhibition shows off the latest in bot progress.
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RIDC-01

During a press preview in Tokyo on Nov. 26, 2005, Yoichi Takamoto, president of Japanese robot maker Tmsuk, unveils a new floor-cleaning robot, "RIDC-01," which can recognize human voices and speak. The robot, which is just over 4 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds, is also equipped with a projector on its head that can be used to show DVD movies or display other information. Tmsuk will start selling the bot for 10 million yen ($85,000).

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Sora

On Nov. 30, 2005, visitors examined "Sora," an information robot system developed by Sky, during the iRex 2005, an international robot exhibition in Tokyo. About 200 companies and groups are participating in the four-day exhibition.

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KHR-1

Kondo Kagaku's KHR-1 robot balances on one foot during the iRex 2005 international robot exhibition in Tokyo on Nov. 30, 2005. The KHR-1, which can be controlled using a personal computer, is available in Japan for about 126,000 yen (about $1,050).

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SPC-003

The SPC-003 from Japanese robotics venture Speecys allows for interactive 3D simulation of its motion on a PC. Unveiled Dec. 1 in Tokyo, the 9-pound robot is set to go on sale in Japan later this month for 750,000 yen ($6,300).

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