Japan to Send Twitter-Using Humanoids to the ISS

Sohla_moon The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA),  the University of Tokyo and advertising agency Dentsu are ready to develop a humanoid that’s able to support astronauts at the International Space Station and post new information on Twitter and manage the outpost when the human inhabitants of the station are asleep.

The robot could also monitor the crewmembers' health and stress levels and would also be able to "talk" by communicating with people on Earth and sharing photos through Twitter, space.com reported, quoting news agencies.

"We are thinking in terms of a very human-like robot that would have facial expressions and be able to converse with the astronauts," AP quoted a JAXA engineer as saying.

JAXA hopes the tweet-bot will be operational by 2013. It will "communicate with the ground through Twitter — primarily feeding photos, rather than original ideas — and provide astronauts with "comfort and companionship," an AP report said.

Japan, the global leader in robotics, doesn’t have a manned space program of its own, but is an active participant in the International Space Station project.

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