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Chatty robots in Japan begin to make all the right moves

Researchers create lifelike humanoids by enhancing verbal and nonverbal skills

A robot is seen here expressing joy while interacting with a person.

TOKYO -- Japan's robots do not want to be misunderstood. Researchers in the country are exploring ways to create chatty, expressive robots that use verbal and nonverbal skills to better communicate with humans.

People typically use two channels to communicate face-to-face: speech and body language, the latter including body motions and facial expressions.

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