Kirobo was designed by Dentsu alongside Toyota with the help of the University of Tokyo. the robot is voice activated and basically an enhanced artifical person. All of this technology and cuteness is packed within a height of 1 foot. Kirobo can recognise emotions and body language and can also respond correctly. Which is pretty amazing considering he is effectively a mass of chipboard and wires and electricity.
Who knows what having a robot in space will lead to?!
It could potentially open the door to a new frontier of having robots for human companionship, or more likely for robots to be used in technical and laborious jobs.