National science museum unveils new androids

National science museum unveils new androids
A human face for robots.

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo has unveiled what it calls the world’s most advanced humanoid robots.

The museum invited media on Tuesday to show a girl android called Kodomoroid and an adult female android named Otonaroid. “Kodomo” means “child” in Japanese, and “otona” means adult.

The androids are to be part of a permanent exhibition opening on Wednesday.

National science museum unveils new androids

Otonaroid can repeat what its operator says into a microphone. The operator can change the robot’s facial expressions by pressing buttons.

Kodomoroid is an announcer robot that can read news articles in a variety of voices and languages. It read a news article about an earthquake to reporters.

Otonaroid said it will work as a science communicator at the museum.