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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.

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