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Dentsu Inc. has announced the names “Kirobo” and “Mirata” for two humanoid communication robots being developed under the KIBO ROBOT PROJECT, a joint research project being carried out in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, ROBO GARAGE Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation.

This project is developing a friendly Robi-like robot, “Kirobo”, that will stay at the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts after the summer of 2013 to carry out the first conversation experiment between a human being and a robot in space, when he talks to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata. This mission will be conducted with the official support and cooperation of the companies mentioned above.

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