Adult and child androids will be life-like museum guides

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." (NBC/APTN)
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." (NBC/APTN)

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.

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