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World's first talking robot sent into space
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Japan has launched
the world's first talking robot
into space to serve as companion to astronaut Kochi Wakata who will begin his mission in November.
Kibo, which means "hope" in Japanese, is the name of Japan's research laboratory module aboard the International Space Station. The name of Kirobo is a merging of Kibo and robot, project officials have said. The small android weighs about 1kg (2.2 pounds) and has a wide range of physical motion
. Its design was inspired by the legendary animation character Astro Boy
. It is part of a study to see how machines can lend emotional support to people isolated over long periods.
Kirobo appeared before gathered media and declared: “This may look a small step, but it will be a big stride as a robot.”