Meet Kimono. The 3D printed floating robotic head was developed by Airbus for the German space agency. He is a member of the crew of the International Space Station since June, although, as Gismodo notes, this is the first time we see it in action.
Indeed, the floating robotic face with Watson is like an extremely expensive Amazon Echo designed to study the interactions of human machines in space. This video highlights an early interaction between Cimon and the European space agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Gerst seeks his "favorite song", which leads Cimon to play Kraftwerk's "Man Machine", will just shake the astronaut, who then asks the robot to shoot a video. Once again Cimon agrees, although this time he is obviously a little upset that the music stopped. The kind of rough first meeting for the two new associates.
"Happy with his initial journey, the developers of Cimon and Alexander are hoping to see Cimon again soon in action," says ESA. "Unless further sessions are planned during the Horizon mission at this stage, it could mark the start of an exciting collaboration between astronauts, robotic assistants, and possible artificial intelligence in space."
I hope things will go a bit easier the next time. The Lord knows the last thing you want to do is destroy the space robot.