First Wedding Performed by a Robot

Monday, May 17, 2010
(photo: Akihabaranews,com)

A couple in Japan became the first to be married by a robot, according to manufacturer Kokoro Co. “I-Fairy,” four feet tall and with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, performed the wedding ceremony for Tomohiro Shibata, 42, and Satoko Inoue, 36, at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo. Shibata is a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and Inoue works for Kokoro.

The robot, which sells for 6.3 million yen ($68,000), is one of only three in use; the other two are in Singapore and the United States.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Eyes Flashing, Robot Conducts Wedding in Tokyo (by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press)


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