Kirobo: World’s first robot astronaut
Kirobo, the world’s first robot astronaut talks about Christmas in its first chat with the Japanese commander of the International Space Station.
About the world’s first robot astronaut Kirobo
Kirobo is Japan’s first humanoid robot astronaut, developed by Tomotaka Takahashi, to accompany Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station.
Objective: To see how well robots and humans can interact.
A pint-sized android equipped with artificial intelligence and capable of learning how to respond appropriately to humans.
Created jointly by advertising firm Dentsu, the University of Tokyo, robot developer Robo Garage and Toyota.
The robot’s capabilities include voice and speech recognition, natural language processing, speech synthesis and telecommunications, as well as facial recognition and video recording. Kirobo is specially designed to navigate zero-gravity environments and will assist Commander Wakata in various experiments.