I Now Pronounce You Japanese: Robot Officiates Wedding

05.18.10 9 years ago

Remember that family wedding where your uncle got so drunk that he punched grandpa in the throat and then threw up down your aunt’s cleavage? Well, somehow the Japanese manufacturer Kokoro Co. have devised a wedding situation even more awkward: having a robot officiate the entire ceremony. Enter the “I-Fairy”, a retarded concept 4-foot tall seated robot with pigtails, designed to…um…do stuff, including marry people, apparently.

Via CBSNews:

The wedding took place at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, where the I-Fairy wore a wreath of flowers and directed a rooftop ceremony. Wires led out from beneath it to a black curtain a few feet away, where a man crouched and clicked commands into a computer.

“This was a lot of fun. I think that Japanese have [sic] a strong sense that robots are our friends. Those in the robot industry mostly understand this, but people mainly want robots near them that serve some purpose,” said bride Satoko Inoue, 36, who works at manufacturer Kokoro.

That whole bit about the wires leading to some puppeteer kind of killed the Terminator fantasies you had built up in your head, right? Well, below you can find a video of the I-Fairy in action at the ceremony. Between you and me, it kind of just reminds me of a karaoke machine with arms, only the karaoke machine takes compact discs, so right there that’s already a leg up on the I-Fairy. See, that was my first inclination that this wedding wasn’t going to last: nobody thought to play any Skynyrd.

Thanks to dvice for the video.

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