Robot Companions Keep Astronauts Company In Outer Space
The Kibo Robot Project is working to build an android capable of conversation and that can recognize specific faces.
Having already launched a dog, monkeys, and humans into orbit, it would seem that the only thing left would be a humanoid communication robot. Well, maybe not the only thing left, but quite possibly the coolest thing.
Dentsu Inc, in cooperation with the University of Tokyo, ROBO GARAGE Co. Ltd, Toyota Motor Corporation, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has unveiled the launch of the Kibo Robot Project.
The Kibo Project, meaning ‘hope’ in Japanese, is working to develop a robot that can communicate with humans on a somewhat autonomous level. The robot, standing roughly 13 inches high and weighing little more than 2 pounds, will be able to live, work, and, most importantly, converse with the Japanese astronauts. Below is a sketch of the robot, for which you can even submit a name suggestion on the project’s site.