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Army of avatar robots readies to invade Japanese job market

Remote-controlled humanoids can stock shelves, guard offices and aid astronauts

An avatar robot developed by Telexistence sorts and displays beverages at a FamilyMart store in Tokyo under the guidance of its human controller.

TOKYO -- Japanese startups are getting ready to deploy a small army of remote-controlled robots in the workplace.

Called avatar robots, the machines are still experimental and their initial objectives limited. But if everything goes as planned, they could soon be clerking at convenience stores, patrolling buildings as security guards, or even assisting astronauts in outer space.

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