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Kirobo becomes first robot to speak in space


Posted on Thursday, 5 September, 2013 | Comment icon 4 comments

The little robot arrived safely aboard the ISS. Image Credit: Toyota/YouTube
Japan's wide-eyed Kirobo android has become the first robot to ever speak from outer space.
The miniature astronaut's launch in to the final frontier was met with rapturous applause as well-wishers across Japan gathered to show their support. Now aboard the International Space Station, Kirobo's debut has been marked by a special broadcast as it spoke its first words in space.

"On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all," it said in Japanese. "Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world's first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you."

Measuring 34cm in height, Kirobo's construction was made possible through a combined effort involving the University of Tokyo, Toyota, Robo Garage and advertising firm Dentsu.

Its task on-board the space station will be to record the conversations with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of a study to see if robotic companions can offer emotional support to people who are isolated for long periods of time.


Source: AFP | Comments (4)

Tags: Kirobo, Japan, Space


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters on 5 September, 2013, 14:19
He's cute
Comment icon #2 Posted by Asadora on 5 September, 2013, 15:20
Adorable! Good luck, Kirobo!
Comment icon #3 Posted by brlesq1 on 6 September, 2013, 0:34
Cute little thing. Here we go...next step, robot valets!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hatake Kakashi on 6 September, 2013, 1:36
The Japanese are quite an imaginative people. This guy looks like he could belong to an Anime. Anyways, they have a lot of research in robotics. It was only a matter of time until they developed a robot astronaut. More power to them.


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