Robot conducted wedding in Tokyo

Robot conducted wedding in Tokyo

A today’s wedding ceremony at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo was very special as it was led by I-Fairy, a 1.5-meter-tall robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony. Wires stretched out from beneath it to a black curtain a few meters away, where a man crouched and input the robot’s commands into a computer.

This wedding was the first wedding ever to be held by a non-human being. The price of I-Fairy is about 6.3 million yen and three of its kind are in use in Singapore, USA, and Japan, according to Kokoro company spokeswoman Kido Kayako. Its arms have 18 levels of motion and it mainly repeats pre-programmed movement and sounds.

“This was a lot of fun. I think that the Japanese have a strong sense that robots are our friends. Those in the robot industry mostly understand this, but people mainly want robots near them that serve some purpose,” said bride Inoue Satoko (36) who works at manufacturer Kokoro.

“It would be nice if the robot was a bit more clever, but she is very good at expressing herself,” said new husband Shibato Tomohiro (42), a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in central Japan.

Source: Japan Today

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