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Our homes are becoming more and more automated. We have smart thermostats, smoke detectors, and home security devices.

Now, Japan’s NEC Corporation thinks it can sell robotic butlers, and to do so, it’s using the power of cuteness. The machine NEC just revealed is called PaPeRo Petit, and it is a reincarnation of some older robot tech NEC has been working on for years under its Partner-type Personal Robot research program. At just inches high and less than three pounds, the new machine is much smaller than its predecessors, but it still packs in impressive tech. This includes camera-based facial recognition, microphones and speakers, and a sensor package that can monitor the environment by measuring temperature and distances to objects.

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