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Toyota unveils tiny, chatty robot

The mechanical chatterbox remembers previous conversations.

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor plans a rollout next year for a robot that sits in the palm of a hand and carries on simple conversations, the automaker said Monday.

The Japanese company will showcase the robot, dubbed "Kirobo Mini," at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, or Ceatec, opening Tuesday in Chiba Prefecture. Many home-use robots are expected to be featured at the expo.

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