Adult and child androids will be life-like museum guides

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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