Flying High in the Sky: AI-equipped Atom Boy Robot Kit Goes on Sale (Japan in Photos)

Publisher Kōdansha on February 22 announced its new weekly magazine based on Tezuka Osamu’s famous Astro Boy character to commemorate the ninetieth birthday of the manga legend. The entire 70-issue series will cost around ¥180,000, and each installment will come with a piece of an AI-equipped robot based on Tezuka’s mechanical superhero. When complete, the build-it-yourself Astro Boy will stand 44 centimeters tall and weigh 1.4 kilograms. Japanese communications firm NTT DoCoMo teamed up with three other companies to create the robot, which can walk, recognize faces, and converse.

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