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The KIRFs we normally see are of the cellphone and PMP variety, with the occasional laptop scattered here and there. In fact, this might be the first time we've seen a clone of a serious robot, and not just some remote-controlled toy. Above is the UNISROBO from a pair of Chinese companies, UNIS a...

June 23rd 2011 at 3:39pm 0 Comments
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Although it may or may not have the same taste for fine wine or human flesh as its big brother, NEC's new PaPeRo-mini companion bot nonetheless retains all the wacky interactivity and adorable visage that made the original PaPeRo so popular among the Japanese schoolgirl crowd. Unfortunately NEC se...

May 8th 2007 at 12:35pm 0 Comments
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Someday we'll look back at decisions like this and understand why The Robots have risen against us. It turns out that NEC's wine tasting robot is just their little food taster all growed-up and hooked on the vices of drink and cigarettes just like little German girls. Poor little guy, if we see you...

September 5th 2006 at 9:06am 0 Comments
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While we tend to prefer more aggressive robots, or more sporty robots, most of the 500 Shibuya girls surveyed in the latest issue of Robot Life tend to prefer kawaii (um, cuteness). The champion of the informal 500 person poll was PaPeRo, a short stubby little mini robot that looks like the lovechil...

August 31st 2006 at 7:04am 0 Comments