Get ready to talk to your robot vacuum cleaner

Japanese invent robot cleaner that responds to your voice

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From our friends at DigInfoNews comes a report of the Cocorobo robotic vacuum cleaner, which not only includes speech recognition technology, but also has "feelings" - if you speak to the robot each day, the robot gets in a better mood.

The robot also can be viewed and controlled via a smartphone, but it's this "mood" thing that I'm worried about. I can't get my kids to clean up their rooms when they're in a bad mood, now I have to argue with a robot in order to get it to clean the floors? Ugh.

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