Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Robot conducts Japanese wedding

Your wedding is a special day that you'll remember forever – and what could be more romantic that having the ceremony officiated by a four foot robot called I-Fairy?

Yes, a robot has led a wedding ceremony for the first time ever, and it seems like the big day went without a hitch.

The wedding took place at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, where the I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony. Wires led out from beneath it to a black curtain a few feet away, where a man crouched and clicked commands into a computer.

Japan has one of the most advanced robotics industries in the world. Industrial models in factories are now standard, but recently Japanese companies are making a push to inject robots into everyday life.

"This was a lot of fun," said the bride, Satoko Inoue, who works at manufacturer Koroko, who made the robot.

'It would be nice if the robot was a bit more clever, but she is very good at expressing herself," said the groom, Tomohiro Shibata, who is a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in central Japan.

The I-Fairy sells for about £47,000, just in case you fancy getting hold of one for your big day.

Or you could wait and treat yourself to a walking, child-shaped robot instead.

Any takers?

Would you like to have a robot officiating at your wedding?


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