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Toyota's pint-sized conversation robot debuts in Japan

Kirobo Mini can connect with cars and tell how much gas is left in the tank

Toyota's Kirobo Mini is now on sale across Japan.

TOKYO -- New from Toyota Motor, a robot that can talk, learn and serve up information on your car and home -- all in a package small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

The Kirobo Mini, released nationwide Wednesday, measures just 10cm tall but packs a powerful punch. The robot can hold a conversation with its owner, including hand and facial gestures, and will learn and grow over time, remembering details from past interactions.

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