Talking robot astronaut to head to space station
Conversation robot has facial recognition
In case it gets lonely in space, the Japanese have unveiled the first talking robo-astronaut as part of the world's first human-robot conversation experiment.
Kirobo, the world’s first space conversation robot, will be launched into space from the Tanegashima Space Centre to the International Space Station Sunday.
The robot was built with Toyota's latest voice-recognition software.
Kirobo’s purpose is to chat with Commander Koichi Wakata, who will become the first Japanese commander of the ISS in November.
The robot can recognize human faces and speech, and is equipped with a camera.