The intentional space station can be a great place to learn and wonder. But to get there, there is always…
The intentional space station can be a great place to learn and wonder. But to get there, there is always some troubleshooting that should be done – and this work is for astronauts who create ISS missions.
Take this latest image of astronauts with CIMON – a floating robotic head similar to Siri or Alexa – which still seems to need … a bit of fine tuning.
CIMON or “Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN” is a floating ball with a display “face” weighing about 5 kilos. It can answer questions, take pictures and videos, view and explain information for experiments or repairs, and search for items.
And it seems that the developers have tried to give it a little personality, with mixed results.
“I’m from the Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. It’s a nice place,” says it.
In the ESA video below, CIMON begins well and chats with expedition 56/57 astronaut Alexander Gerst flying around the station and helping with instructions for a technical procedure ̵
1; which CIMON would be asked to do on a trip to Mars.
But when Gerst asks CIMON to play his favorite song, it takes a bit of a trip.
The song is Man Machine by Kraftwerk, and when you are asked to interrupt music mode it becomes quite defensive.
“Please, please,” request it – followed by “do not you like this with me?” and “do not be so average thanks.”
Basically, the robot became a bit confused; Or was it just really enjoying the song and did not want to turn it off?
You can watch these little bizarre interactions shortly after 3 “30” in the video below. In the background you can see crew member Serena Auñón -Chancellor reacts with laughter when CIMON asks the astronaut to be kind to him. It’s just priceless .
As this was a test run, the astronaut also identified a couple of problems with CIMON’s fluid ability – it kept slowly pushing the floor rather than keeping it comfortable at the height of interacting with the crew
Alien emotional problems aside, both developers and Gerst are actually quite satisfied with the robot’s first outing on ISS.
Only time will tell how much help the little guy will be in the future.