You had me at Robot Astronaut

Japanese group plans to launch communications robot into space

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While robotic devices have gone to space (there's currently a robot on Mars, for goodness sakes), apparently there's never been one as cute as this Japanese robot.

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According to this report by Zoominuk (British news channel), developers from the Kibo Robot Project demonstrated a pair of robots that it plans to send to the International Space Station in August.

More details on the project are here - another video released earlier this year showcases more about Kibo:

Hopefully the robot won't lock any doors on human astronauts while it's up there.

UPDATE: Toyota has uploaded a video on Kibo talking about its role in the project, you can get more details from the robot's creator in this video:

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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