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May 5, 1988

JAPAN INC COMES UP WITH NEW ROBOT

By CBR Staff Writer

Now we don’t want anybody sniggering about the olfactory of the future here, or striking up with an off-key rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Robot, but Japan Inc claims to have moved beyond vision systems to come up with a robot with a sense of smell and a nose for a good malt: according to Reuter, the thing can distinguish between 11 brands of whisky and wine – but what’s the betting it’s only Suntory that gets its vote, and regards the real thing from Scotland as not to be sniffed at?

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