Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, except the wedding conductor. She was bolted to her chair. But this was no ordinary conductor. I-Fairy, was the 4-foot (1.5-meter) tall seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails, that led the ceremony at a restaurant in Hibiya Park in central Tokyo on Sunday.
This was the first time a marriage had been led by a robot, said its manufacturer Kokoro Co. “Please lift the bride’s veil,” said the robot in a tinny voice, waving its arms in the air as the newlyweds kissed in front of 50 guests. 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 a strong sense that robots are our friends,” said bride Satoko Inoue, 36, who works at manufacturer Kokoro.
“It would be nice if the robot was a bit more clever, but she is very good at expressing herself,” said new husband Tomohiro Shibato, 42, a professor of robotics at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in central Japan.The I-Fairy sells for about 6.3 million yen ($68,000) and three are in use in Singapore, the US and Japan.