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Tomy to launch English-speaking robot bear.

TOKYO, Sept. 27 Kyodo

Tomy Co. said Tuesday it will start taking orders from Wednesday for its English-speaking robot in the shape of a bear.

The 22 centimeter-tall robot, named Chatty Tom, is equipped with a high-quality central processing unit and can detect English sounds and answer back in English, according to the toymaker.

The company said the robot makes a fun toy for children or a full-scale English conversation learning device for adults, depending on the user's choice of software, the company said.

The robot itself will be priced at 25,000 yen and the software will cost 3,000 yen.

The product will be delivered in late November if ordered via the Internet.
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