A humanoid robot named I-Fairy officiates at the wedding ceremony between Tomohiro Shibata, left, and Satoko Inoue in Tokyo on Sunday. The couple decided to use the robot, which conducted the ceremony with its audio functions, from Inoue's company to perform the witness' duties as they first met due to common work interest related to robots. See story in Technology.© Japan Today
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strange, but less embarrassing than using an out of work English teacher..
"Marriages are made in Heaven"... witnessed by Robots ! Priests? they are having pricey life in Japan !
I've performed a wedding in Japan and I can safely say from experience that by using a robot that couple just saved themselves 15,000 yen.
@blunderbuss: or not? Im sure there is also a price attached for renting a robot like that. WEll not in their case im sure, but other people. :)
The thing is, they're usually not 'out of work' - this is what a friend of mine used to call a weekend 'gravy gig' - extra money on top of what they're earning from their full-time employer.
As for the robot, well he doesn't have blond hair, blue eyes, or a cute smile...we'll just have to wait for that.
not my cup of tea. yuck!
looks like a few rolled into there.....
Went to the Aichi expo, and the "high-tech" robots over there where absolutely lame. This wedding robot is as exciting as taping a cassette player to a remote controlled car.
No this is not the future we expected..
Good to know this is the exception and not the norm. To each their own.
What is more lame, this, or using a fake priest? At least the robot won't go to hell for impersonating a priest. Weird place indeed.
Makes perfect sense, one robot marrying two others.
This Associated Press is running a seven paragraph story about this as well. The bride will be a hero at work for promoting her company's product internationally.
Well at least the guy is marrying a real woman. I give him that, because when I first saw the thumbnail I thought. "Oh no, first a DS game and now irobot?"
This is a very good country.
Absolutely ridiculous! Enough said.
A ceremony rightfully has a focus on the couple and not the officiant. This is no exception.
Don't think it matters as western(christian) style ceremonies are not part of Japan's culture and/or heritage.
Same in my home-country where religious marriages are not legal marriages.
Unbelievably insensitive to other cultures... Oh, I forgot, Western Culture doesn't count.
That's awesome. Both the bride and groom are in the robotics field, so it's not completely out there. If it is their passion, all the best wishes to them~
I agree with Makun. Awesome!
The famous "Asimo" rents out at around 2.5 million Yen per day, Wakamaru and some of the lesser ones go from between 1.5~2 million per day. There's always a team of techs to prepare them and programme them, they are not as capable as people imagine....
Agree with wanderlust, my company had an Asimo.
We used it to give guided tours of our Computer-room, etc. It needed sensors in the floor, etc.
Still impressive though when well programmed/guided.
And there I was thinking Japanese weddings couldn't get any more robotic or pre-programmed. Innovation in action.
Unusual, but interesting. Funny the criticism you can get when you do something daring and unconventional.
Very unusual!! Definitely gets a plus in my book! Though I do wonder if they had their guests pay extra entrance fee to get into that wedding.
But but... it has no soul!!!! ~Runs away in terror