I've seen plenty of devices that turn pages for you, but Ninomiya-kun takes things a step further by actually reading books aloud.

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Ninomiya-kun can analyze and distinguish about 2,300 Japanese characters from actual paper books. Impressive, but in an age where text-to-speech is already showing up on ebooks, one has to wonder if technology like this is really necessary. Currently we have like what...less than 1% literacy rate among robots? Reading is fundamental people. [Yomiuri via Crunchgear]

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