I have a feeling that eyes weren't on the bride during this Japanese wedding ceremony, solely because the officiator was a four-foot-tall robot.
The I-Fairy robot's day job is conducting tours around museums, but with a little reprogramming, she (I'm assuming it's a she, it was wearing flowers on its little metal head) successfully wed Satoko Inoue and her now-husband Tomohiro Shibata.
The cute, squeaky little voice saves it from being too creepy (although the glowing blue eyes remind me of those in Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart video).
The bride works for the company Kokoro, which produces the mechanical people. ”I always felt that robots would become more integrated into people’s everyday lives,” Satoko Inoue told reporters. “This cute robot is part of my company; I decided that I would love to have it at my ceremony.”
Honestly, I think I'm too selfish to have anything overshadow me on my big day, and come on, a robot priest? That's going to be what the guests will be talking about for months -- not how gorgeous my bridal gown was. Screw that.
And you'd think the I-Fairy could have at least stood up while conducting the ceremony. Lazy bot.
Would you have a robot officiate your wedding ceremony?