TOKYO (NBC/APTN) — Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation has two new additions: life-like androids created by Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University.
They’re made with silicon skin and artificial muscles in an effort to achieve a realistic human likeness.
The child android Kodomoroid will act as a newsreader for the museum’s young visitors, and the adult android Otonaroid will serve as a “museum communicator.”
At one point during a press conference Tuesday, Otonaroid had problems responding to Ishiguro due to a wireless communication problem at the venue. However, the issue was fixed.
Ontonaroid laughed off the problem saying it “was nervous” because it had yet to be officially appointed as a museum guide.