Saya: First Robot TeacherMarch 9, 2009
Development Time: 15 years of research
Father: Professor Hiroshi Kobayashi (University of Tokyo)
Teaching Designation: Primary school in Tokyo
Abilities: Speak different languages, carry out roll calls, set tasks and make facial expressions – including anger – thanks to 18 motors hidden behind her latex face.
Reason for development: The humanoid was originally developed to replace a variety of workers, including secretaries, in a bid to allow firms to cut costs while still retaining some kind of human interaction.
Future: The Japanese government has said that by 2015 it wants a robot in every home and is pouring $35 million (£23 million) into robotic intelligence to make it happen.