Meet Kirobo, the talking robot http://news.yahoo.com/japan-launches-talking-robot-astronaut-kirobo-space-212242082.html [video=youtube;eENrLp7nyQg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eENrLp7nyQg[/video] 2013 Kirobo the Astronaut: Toyota's role in Kibo Robot Project ""Toyota's Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager in the Product Planning Group, talks about Toyota's role in the Kibo Robot Project, the use of the company's latest voice-recognition software and possible applications for the technology. Music by Scintillation! Kobo Robot Project Call it one giant leap for robot kind: A small talking robot launched into space aboard a Japanese cargo ship Saturday (Aug. 3) to keep astronauts company on the International Space Station. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the humanoid Kirobo "robot astronaut" into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan as part of nearly 3.5 tons of supplies and equipment to resupply the space station's six-person crew. Kirobo was packed inside Japan's unmanned HTV-4 (Kounotori 4) cargo ship when it launched into orbit atop the country's H-2B rocket at 3:48 p.m. EDT (1948 GMT), though it was early Sunday morning (Aug. 4) Japan Standard Time at the time of liftoff. The HTV-4 spacecraft will arrive at the space station on Aug. 9. [See photos of Japan's nighttime HTV-4 space launch] "The flight goes very smoothly," a JAXA launch controller said as the HTV-4 spacecraft entered orbit.""