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PaPeRo

The PaPeRo which stands for “Partner-type-Personal-Robot”, is a personal robot developed by Japanese firm NEC Corporation. It is noted for its cute appearance[1] and facial recognition system.[2] The robot's development began in 1997 with the first prototype, the R100.[3] The name PaPeRo was adopted in 2001.[4]
PaPeRo has been researched and developed with the intent to be a partner with human beings and its being able to live together with them. For this reason, it has various basic functions for the purpose of interacting with people.[4]
Since the original introduction of PaPeRo, there have been a few different versions, including a Childcare Version, 2003 and 2005 revised versions, and “PaPe-Jiro”, a robotic comedian.[5] In 2006, a virtual PaPeRo was released for use in any PC running the Windows operating system and the Pocket PC.[6] The robot is programmable using a development environment known as “PaPeRo Creator”.[7]
For PaPeRo to interact with people and perform autonomous actions, it must understand information on the conditions of, and outside, the location where it has been put. For this reason, various devices have been included to detect the outside area, such as a CCD camera, microphone, ultrasonic sensors, etc.[4]
In spring 2009, NEC introduced PaPeRo Mini,[8] weighing half of the current PaPeRo model, with physical dimensions roughly half the size of the original.[9] The PaPeRo Petit was introduced in 2013, which is even smaller at 23 cm tall.[4] NEC plans to use this version to provide a service “that will allow family members living apart to watch over each other utilizing the robot and cloud computing technology.” [10]
[Source: Wikipedia].

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the book robosapiens speaks of a “he”. I assume Papero is therefore male.

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Weight 7.9 kg
Dimensions 44 cm
Facial shape

Oval/Round

Eyebrows

None

Eyes

Round Camera Lense, Screen shaped eyes

Eyelids

None

Eyelashes

None

Eyeshape

Oval

Nose

None

Inner Mouth

None

Lips

None

Teeth

None

Chin

None

Ears

Abstract

Cheeks

None

Neck

None

Degrees of Freedom

Undefined

Skin Type

Plastic

Skin Color

Several possibilities

Facial Hair

None

Country

Japan

Purpose

Assistant, companion

Created by

NEC Corporation

Frame composition

mobile vehicle

Gender

Male

Origin

Consumer item, Helper

Version

Finished

Target group

All ages

Mouth

None

Mouth emotion

Not defined

Tongue

None

Eye Size

Out of proportion, big

Head-Neck-Body

Head-Body

Introduction to public

1997

Talking

LED Blinking

Eye Specification

Camera as Pupil, Pupil Only