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Panasonic's cuddly robot helps chase away pandemic blues

Nicobo smart companion sold out in one day on crowdfunding platform

Nikobo has no legs or wheels, but can nod up and down as well as speak. (Photo courtesy of Panasonic)

OSAKA -- Social isolation has been an issue since before the pandemic for single people and the elderly, and Panasonic hopes its new smart robot will help ease their loneliness.

The Japanese company on Tuesday unveiled the Nicobo desktop, a cuddlesome robot that, when spoken to, wags its tail and mimics what was said.

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