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Japanese unicorn promises 'robots for everyone' in 5 years

Preferred Networks looks to challenge tech leaders like Google and Apple

A home robot with a brain made by Preferred Networks can tidy up a room all on its own, the first of its kind in the world. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- Within five years, consumers will enjoy an all-purpose household robot that will help them make dinner, brings dishes to the sink and tidies up while they are out. That's the goal of Toru Nishikawa, 35-year-old founder CEO of Preferred Networks, a Tokyo-based technology startup.

"We want to bring such robots to the market within five years and see them being used. Ten years is too long to wait," he said in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review. "There is demand. The challenge is how to make personal robots available at affordable prices."

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