|Kirobot, a humanoid robot during|
a zero-gravity test.
Although designed for this purpose, Kirobo got no breaks when it came to the "physical" activities required of astronauts. He was put through a series of tests, including zero-gravity tests, to assure that he could survive in space. Kirobo comes equipped with voice-recognition technology, language processing, facial and emotion recognition, a camera and the ability to speak Japanese. You may view a video about Kirobo below.
His journey into space is set for August of this year. Learn more about Kirobo at the Kibo Robotic Project site.