kibo communication robot prepares for NASA's international space station
mar 01, 2013
kibo communication robot prepares for NASA's international space station


‘kirobo communication robot prepares for NASA’S international space station
image courtesy kibo robot project

 

 

planned by the japanese aerospace exploration agency (JAXA), ‘kirobo’, the communication robot will become the
first autonomous android to set foot into the experimental module in NASA’s international space station. weighing
almost 1kg and measuring about 34cm x 18cm x 15cm in size, ‘kirobo’ uses natural language processing and recognition
technology from toyota, to understand japanese – responding in a synthesized voice. the robot also has information
and communication processing capabilities, behavioral qualities, face-recognition detection, and a camera for recording.

 

to date, preliminary zero gravity tests have been conducted – preparing the robot for its first voyage to outer-space.
conceived as campaign to promote the relationship between japan and the ISS, its primary objective will be to entertain
japanese astronaut koichi wakata, who will be interacting with followers on earth via twitter.

 

 

kiboro floats in zero gravity aboard an airplane
video courtesy kiborobotproject

 

 

kiboro features
video courtesy kiborobotproject

 

 

what kirobo’s view will look like from the ISS

 

 

speech recognition software allows the robot to respond to human voices

 

 

preliminary testing

 

 

kirobo and robot  designer tomotaka takahashi

 

 

can walk and balance on one foot

 

 

mimicing children on one foot

 

 

via gizmag

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