TOKYO (AP) -- Lonely astronauts on the International Space Station may soon be getting an android friend from Japan.....And for the folks back home, it will tweet.
Japan's space agency is considering putting a talking humanoid robot on the International Space Station to watch the mission while astronauts are asleep, monitor their health and stress levels and communicate to Earth through the microblogging site Twitter.Japan's space agency JAXA announced this week that it is looking at a plan to send a humanoid robot to the space station in 2013 that could communicate with the ground through Twitter -- primarily feeding photos, rather than original ideas --and provide astronauts with "comfort and companionship.".
."My question is just how far do these things go in providing "comfort and companionship."? Do they have the advanced capacity to really comfort and console ?
Following up on NASA's "Robonaut" R-2 program, which is set for launch on the Discovery shuttle next week, the Japanese android would be part of a larger effort to create and refine robots that can be used by the elderly, JAXA said in a statement.