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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Robot acts as priest at Japanese wedding

The groom looked dashing, his bride resplendent in white, but all eyes at this Japanese wedding were on the priest, a four-foot tall robot with colourful, flashing eyes called i-Fairy.

The robot is usually used at museums and exhibitions to direct visitors, but with the help of a new programme, it pronounced Satoko Inoue and Tomohiro Shibata man and wife at a Sunday ceremony.

The event is being billed as the first wedding presided over by a robot, a fitting marriage for the couple who met through the machines.

The bride, Inoue, works for the company that makes the i-Fairy, and her husband, Shibata, is a client.

"I always felt that robots would become more integrated into people's everyday lives. This cute robot is part of my company, I decided that I would love to have it at my ceremony," Inoue said.

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