A Japanese-made robot embodying Italian scientist and artist Leonardo da Vinci was showcased during G20 Leaders’ Summit in the port city of Osaka.
The android version of Da Vinci is a co-production of Osaka University and Fujikin Inc., an Osaka-based manufacturer.
The main goal is to draw the attention of the primary school children to science and to tell the scientific achievements of the Italian polymath from his mouth in a simple way, Fujikin Marketing Director Kouichi Nakamura said.
“Thus, we enable students to learn science using the fun factor while at the same time educating future scientists,” he added.
Da Vinci’s robot can only repeat certain information, Nakamura said, adding that the next step would be to enable the robot to answer the questions of the people and connect with Google.
Nakamura opined that elementary school students cannot fully understand science by reading only books and added that students’ interest in the robots is nice.
The android Da Vinci can speak English, Japan and Italian.
Nakamura said that his next project would be to develop the robot of physicist Albert Einstein.