You may recall that we did a story on a Japanese communication robot that will be sent to the International Space Station. People from all over the world will be able to send messages to the astronauts through the robot. Well, the KIBO Robot Project has just launched its website, and reminds us that being an astronaut is a pretty stressful occupation. But you can help ease the sense of isolation they feel by submitting encouraging audio recordings and twitter memos to the website, which will eventually be accessible to lonely astronauts in space! You’ll be able to submit name ideas for the robot in the future, and the robot should be unveiled in February 2012 (the robot won’t make the trip to space until 2014).
If you’re wondering what it will look like, it will look humanoid, and probably be around 30~40cm tall. It’s being designed by Tomotaka Takahashi (ROBO-GARAGE) – that’s right, the same roboticist that conquered the Grand Canyon, Le Mans 24 Hours, and the 500 km long 53 Stations of Tokaido, has set his eyes upon SPACE! He’s certainly making a name for himself, and we couldn’t be happier. ROBO-GARAGE’s robots are amongst the most beautiful robots ever made, and we can’t wait to see what the new robot will look like! What’s next, the deep ocean, the Moon, or perhaps Mars? I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see Aldebaran Robotics commission him to design the next version of NAO, whenever that gets made (wouldn’t you love a home version of ROPID?).