Posts Tagged ‘Kibo Robot Project’

Kirobo Robot Speaks His First Words in Space

PanOrient News reports that “The Japan-made robot astronaut Kirobo has become the first robot to speak in outer space, saying, ‘On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all’. Kibo Robot Project is a joint research project carried out between Dentsu Inc., the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), Robo Garage Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also provided extensive assistance. JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station (ISS), is expected to arrive at his post in November or December this year. He will then take part in the world’s first conversation held between a person and a robot in outer space, an initiative designed to explore the possibilities of humans coexisting with robots in the future.” Read more

Japan Set to Send Kirobo, the Talking Robot, to Space

Miriam Kramer of SPACE.com reports, “A small talking robot built in Japan is about to take one giant leap into space. Kirobo — a humanoid ‘robot astronaut’ that can converse with humans in space and on the ground — is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on Aug. 4. Once aboard the orbiting laboratory, Kirobo will take part in the first robot-to-human conversation in space, Kibo Robot Project officials have said. ‘Russia was the first to go outer space, the U.S. was the first to go to the moon, we want Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans,’ said Yorichika Nishijima, the Kirobo project manager, as quoted by The Associated Press.” Read more