Kirobo and Mirata

Kirobo and Mirata

In the Summer of 2013 a robotic astronaut will fly away.
Hope of the Japanese Technology.
Hope for tomorrow’s children.
It carries hope on its small shoulders.
Hope for the future of humans living together with robots.
Kibo Robot Project

Pint-sized Kirobo will be joining Commander Koichi Wakata at the International Space Station in August of this year. Creator Tomotaka Takahashi says Kirobo will be able to recognise Commander Wakata’s face when they reunite in space.

The Kibo Robot Project not only aims to use robots to assist astronauts working in space, but to “help solve the problems bught about by a society that is less communicative”. Fuminori Kataoka from Toyota, who are collaborating with Robo Garage on the project, says they also hope to improve their Partner Robots with what they learn from the experiments.  Partner robots posses human characteristics “They are agile, warm, kind and also intelligent enough to think for themselves, and further skillfully operate a variety of devices in the areas of personal assistance care for the elderly, manufacturing, and mobility.”

Kirobo was named for “kibo” or “hope” in Japanese and “robot”. When asked what his dream was Kirobo answered “I want to help create a world where humans and robots can live together.”

Visit the Kibo Robo Project website

Watch Kirobo in the video below

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.