NEC may have finally found a use for a robot that's been "twiddling its thumbs" since the 1990s.
The coffeemaker-sized PaPeRo robot has communication skills and cute looks, but NEC has struggled to find a practical use for it.
The company has unveiled PaPeRo Petit, a more compact version of the droid that it wants to develop with business and application partners through the PaPeRo Petit Partner program. The droid could start functioning as a home assistant as early as January. … Read more