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Tokyo museum unveils robot newscaster

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 01:30

A science museum in Tokyo unveils new androids, including a robot newsreader and one that can be remote-controlled by the public. Elly Park reports.

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Through this narrow gap the visitors of the Miraikan science museum in Tokyo are getting a glimpse of the future. On the other side is "Kodomoroid", a robot newscaster eerily similar to a human. Her name loosely translates to "child-roid", and she is part of the museum's newest exhibit that includes two other androids. This is "Otonaroid", or "adult-roid". She is designed to be controlled remotely. Currently her actions are in the hands of museum visitor Hanai Hayashi, who found it to be an interesting experience. SOUNDBITE: 37-Year-Old Visitor, Hanai Hayashi, saying (Japanese) "It was a bit creepy, but once you get used to it it's quite interesting and it's interesting when you think about how those sort of things could one day actually be your friend or used in elderly care or a variety of fields." The final android the "Telenoid" is able to remotely transmit voices and is designed to be hugged. While many visitors still need to get comfortable around the androids, they could be the norm in the near future, says exhibit staff Takashi Komiyama. SOUNDBITE: Android Exhibit Staff Member, Takashi Komiyama, saying (Japanese) "I think that technology that is born from these sort of androids will likely be used in our mobile phones or electronics and that sort of future is likely going to happen very soon." The android exhibit is set to be on display for at least a year.

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Tokyo museum unveils robot newscaster

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 01:30