TARO: A Semi-Autonomous Interactive Robot was brought by a team from the College of New Jersey. Its purpose is natural-language understanding and execution. Entered in the human/robot interaction contest, TARO is capable of talking, animating its "face" as it speaks, shaking hands and responding to questions.
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