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November 26, 2002

DoCoMo Developing Emoticon Robot

NTT DoCoMo are developing a human-sized robot that reproduces the visual language cues otherwise absent from e-mail. The robot can still only manage rudimentary body language, such as scratching its head, waving or making a fist. But the ultimate aim of the software is for it to digitalize all the movements made by the sender and have them faithfully reproduced by the robot as it reads out the e-mail. As yet, there are no commercial production plans for the robot, which was shown at a recent conference.

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