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Chatty multilingual robot assists guests at hotels in Japan

AI-infused 'Unibo' set to guide foreign tourists as 2020 Tokyo Olympics nears

Unibo could next find a home in Japan's health care sector as a conversation partner for the elderly.

A little robot is being groomed to help with front desk duties at hotels in Japan as the country gears up to host a surge in visitors for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Christened "Unibo," the multilingual robot is now being tested at a number of hotels. Passing in front of Unibo with its 7-inch LCD display triggers a greeting, while facial recognition allows it to mimic the expressions of guests with whom it is conversing.

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