Robot Weds Japanese Couple
A Japanese couple got married with a robot conducting the ceremony.
Tomohiro Shibata and Satoko Inoue were wed by the robot named I-Fairy in a rooftop restaurant in the nation’s capital, Tokyo.
Shibata, 42, and Inoue, 36, are both working in the robot industry. They then agreed that it would be fitting if a robot would handle their exchange of marital vows.
I-Fairy is a product between Kokoro Company and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science.
During the ceremony, I-Fairy was controlled via a computer by a hidden puppeteer, since the job of marrying a couple is new to its functions. The robot was designed to do roles of, but not limited to, a presenter, a museum guide and a receptionist.
It is described to have the same moves as that of Michael Jackson and the voice of Glenda Jackson.
Inoue is an employee of Kokoro Company. Shibata is a robotics professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology.