This humanoid communication robot, equipped with Toyota's voice-recognition software, said "On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all." It was the first robot voice ever heard in space, and boy was it cute.
The Kibo Robot Project is a joint research program being carried out by Dentsu, the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage and Toyota, with the help of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The two 13-inch tall robots, Kirobo and Mirata weigh 2.2 pounds each, and were developed so that astronauts don't get lonely on the ISS. They are also adorable, like most robots from Japan.