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ApriPoco Controls Your Home with Voice Commands, IR

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All the adorable ApriPoco robot needs to control your home are a series of verbal commands and a little IR connectivity. Utter robot home domination—it's a feature, not a bug.

And ApriPoco does it all with a diminutive 8.4-inch tall frame! The robot uprising has never been so cute.

Truth be told, however, this domineering hunk of autonomous plastic and parts is meant to help people who can't help themselves around the house. ApriPoco can even "learn" once it's deployed to the field. ApriPoco joins a host of assistance robots currently being tested in Japan, all of which are demonstrated in this incredibly disarming news feature (moving furniture at 1:40!):

When one juxtaposes ApriPoco against the large aging Japanese population, the motives become slightly less sinister. Slightly. [Technabob]