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January 20, 2004

Your Bilingual Partner

NEC have developed the world's first robot with Japanese-English-Japanese speech-to-speech translation ability. PaPeRo (Partner-type Personal Robot) has the ability to automatically translate from English to Japanese and vice versa, combining NEC's own speech recognition technology with a dictionary of 50,000 Japanese and 25,000 English travel/tourism related words. The robot can translate simple conversations about travel or sightseeing input through a microphone. PaPeRo has been under development since 2001, and has the ability to both hear and see. The concept is for it to one day become a "partner" to the family at home.
NEC's Papero site

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