World’s first talking robot Kirobo was successfully sent into space on 4 August 2013 by Japanese Scientists. The robot was sent by H2B rocket from the island of Tanegashima. The rocket carried food, water and other supplies. Kirobo will serve as a companion for Japanese astronauts.
Kirobo was put through a series of zero-gravity and other safety tests prior to sending him into space. Kirobo is 34 centimetres tall and can speak Japanese. It will provide emotional support for people in space.
The main features of kirobo are as following:-
• Kirobo will talk to JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata when he arrives at the space station in November 2012.
• The name of Kirobo is a merging of Kibo and robot.
• Kirobo was designed by scientists and engineers at the University of Tokyo.
• It is equipped with voice-recognition and face-recognition technology, as well as a camera, emotion recognition software and natural language processing.
Who: Japanese Scientists.
When: 4 August 2013.