The ancient Capital of Kyoto experienced its golden years from around 800 A.D. to 1200 A.D. and it was called the Heian Period. Being the cultural and artistic center of Japan life it also introduced some of the more exciting technologies of the day. On Saturday, the Kannon Bodhisattva was introduced to Todaiji Temple in Kyoto to explain to visitors the teachings of Buddha and the history of the philosophy. The dimly lit hall of the temple features the robot that speaks the teachings in Japanese with Chinese and English translations projected from a high tech camera onto the wall.
The robot, Mindar is about 195 centimeters tall and weighs about 60 kilograms, and was designed and built by A-Lab Co of Tokyo, Japan. This Tokyo based company has produced the robot of mainly aluminum with silicone used for the face and hands to make it more lifelike. The robot will be shown to the public March 8 and May 6. The teachings of Buddhism are part of the drive to build this new high tech teacher.
Keep in mind that Kyoto has in the past 40 years developed some interesting high tech firms such as Kyocera, and Nintendo, both blue chip names that most housewives and gamers around the world are intimately familiar with now that their world reach has been expanded.
This Buddha is the latest addition of Kyoto marrying high-tech and ancient history.