Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts companySubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 21:12
Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company
Japanese scientists are developing a humanoid robot designed to converse with astronauts to keep them company aboard the International Space Station.
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo 4:26PM GMT 02 Dec 2012
The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project.
Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features.
It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the space station.