Com-tutorised ... Saya during pilot run at a primary school
The humanoid named Saya is multilingual, can do roll calls and set tasks from text books.
Behind her latex face — modelled on a university student — 18 motors create expressions including happiness, surprise, fear, disgust, sadness and even anger.
Saya will start teaching after passing a trial term at a Tokyo primary.
Her creator, science professor Hiroshi Kobayashi, had been working on the robot for 15 years.
The original, named Pikarin, had a metal head with exposed wires and levers.
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