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Talking robot startup hooks an investor

Unibo distinguishes who has engaged it, then tailors the conversation

TOKYO -- Seeing an opportunity for talking robots in elderly care, education and retail services, TIS took a stake in a startup whose robot is touted as recognizing the different individuals it converses with.

The Japanese system integrator on Tuesday announced it invested in Unirobot, whose Unibo "next-generation social" robot is designed to carry on personalized conversations with human users by recognizing individuals through facial characteristics as well as conversation content, thanks to a proprietary artificial intelligence algorithm.

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