[CEATEC 2012] Remember the NEC PaPeRo robot that was said to possibly end up in homes this year? Well, it looks like we’re a step closer to seeing that happen. At the moment, it is available as a research prototype for developers but not regular consumers like you and me and Docomo wants to change that. At this year’s CEATEC, the Japanese company showed off its Shabette Robo. Seeing how Docomo worked together with NECT, it’s no surprise that the robot looks exactly like the PaPeRo. However, it has some interesting features that make it more valuable to consumers. First up, it will feature Docomo’s voice recognition service that will allow users to communicate with the robot using natural speech (think of it as Siri on a robot – except that it only works with Japanese, at least for now).