A Japanese company has developed a robot that doubles as a house-sitter and nurse.

Mitsubishi’s three-foot, wheeled creation has cameras inside its head and comes equipped with voice and face recognition capabilities.

It can be programmed to automatically connect to the web to send emergency emails if it spots anything unusual around the house.

The company says the aim has been to create a dependable companion, particularly for old people or those in frail health.

The robot can even spot when owners may be suffering from side-effects of their medication.

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