Robot officiates wedding in Japan (and does a good job!)

Bridge Satoko Inoue and her husband Tomohiro Shibato decided to go with a rather nontraditional wedding official: a robot. Known as the I-Fairy, the Kokoro-made 'bot stands nearly five feet tall (though it appears to be sitting or attached to some kind of stool in the video below) and was quite vocal during the ceremony.

The I-Fairy normally spends its time doling out directions in museums and the like, but Satoko Inoue, who is herself an employee of Kokoro, wanted it at her wedding. "I always felt that robots would become more integrated into people's everyday lives," the bride said. "This cute robot is part of my company, I decided that I would love to have it at my ceremony."

Tomohiro Shibato, the groom, is a professor of robotics and has quite a bit to thank the I-Fairy for: "It's true that robots are what caused us to first begin going out, and as suggested by my wife, we decided that we wanted to try this sort of wedding."

Apparently it's all official, too, though maybe that's because the I-Fairy was controlled by a human operator during the wedding.

Reuters, via CrunchGear