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    • Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, is demonstrated during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
    • A staff member of Telexistence uses virtual reality technology as he prepares to control the company's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
    • Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, is seen during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
    • Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot is seen during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
    • A staff member of the Telexistence company during preparations ahead of unveiling a shelf-stacking avatar robot in Tokyo, Japan on 3 July, 2020
    • An arm of Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, is seen during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
    • A staff member of Telexistence checks the company's shelf-stacking avatar robot during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan on 3 July 2020.
    • Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, is demonstrated during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.
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    Telexistence's shelf-stacking avatar robot, designed to resemble a kangaroo and developed to work in a convenience store, is demonstrated during a photo opportunity ahead of its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 3, 2020.

    According to the robot's maker, its design is meant to help shoppers feel at ease because robots that look too human could make people feel uncomfortable.

    A shelf-stacking avatar robot developed to work in a convenience store was presented to the media in Tokyo last week.

    The robot's maker, Telexistence, hopes that this new staff member will begin stacking drinks and ready meals on the shelves of a Japanese store next month.

    Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to find out what this robot looks like (so as not to be embarrassed in case you meet it someday).

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