Talking Toyota Robot Set To Make Space History
- A robot co-developed by Toyota is on track to have the first human-robot conversation in space.
- The robot, named Kirobo, uses voice-recognition technology and emotion recognition, according to the automaker.
- Kirobo speaks Japanese and can recognize faces.
TOKYO — A robot co-developed by Toyota is on track to have the first human-robot conversation in space.
Toyota unveiled the 13-inch robot on Wednesday, saying that the ultimate goal is to create a society "where humans and robots coexist." Kirobo the robot will take part in the first robot-human conversation experiments aboard the International Space Station later this year.
"Toyota's role in the project focused on Kirobo's voice-and face-recognition functions, crucial elements in the conversation experiments that will take place," said Toyota in a statement.
The automaker says the robot, which has a toddler-like appearance, is supposed to appear "sympathetic and kind" to humans. Kirobo can recognize emotions, according to the automaker.
In the specification list provided by Toyota, Kirobo can perform a number of functions, including participating in a "question-answer conversation." But it is not able to perform "knowledge accumulation."
Toyota says the goal is to develop partner robots that can coexist with humans and perform tasks such as housework.
Edmunds says: Watching Kirobo in action makes you think that an interactive conversation with your car is not out of the question.