Pint-sized PaPeRo Petit robot wants to keep watch over you

PaPeRo Petit could work in shops or watch your home when no one’s around.

(Credit: NEC)

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.

Opening up the robot to third parties could help its chances of becoming a viable product, though NEC didn’t announce many details about the new partner program.

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