World’s first Android Newscasters was unveiled in Japan on 24 June 2014. The Android was unveiled at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo at an exhibition called Android: What is a Human.
The two androids, Kodomoroid (Kodomo meaning child) and Otonaroid (otona meaning adult) take the form of a girl and a woman respectively.
The two androids can interact with humans, read the news and read Tweets in several different voices. Although, their silicon skin and limited facial movement makes them appear somewhat strange.
Both androids will work at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The androids will interact with visitors to collect data for studies into human-robot interactions.
The man behind the Android Newscasters: Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science unveiled the Android newscasters under his project: a pair of android newscasters.
Ishiguro, who has been developing robots for over 20 years, hopes that his research will help develop more intelligent robots to be used in a large range of potential roles.
Ishiguro also has a robot built in his own image, which he sends overseas to give lectures, and had previously developed the Telenoid R1, a robot designed for telepresence communications, which is also on display at the exhibition.
What: was unveiled
When: 24 June 2014