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Seven months after Toshiba Corp. surprised the public with a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language, the same device is now serenading shoppers at a Tokyo department store by singing duets with a human partner.

ChihiraAico, an uncannily human-like robot, made its debut at last year’s CEATEC consumer electronics trade show. On Friday, a human soprano and a clarinetist joined the robot for a 15-minute set at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.

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