|The first of the Ahra series of robots was produced by KIST - the Korean Institute
of Science and Technology - in 2005. This robot was identical in weight, height
and body shape to the Mahru robots the institute also develops. However, there
were some differences. Ahra's body was coloured orange and white instead of
the blue and white of the Mahru series.
She spoke with a feminine vocal pitch and tone, and had a slightly more demure
style of movement. It is not clear if robots beyond the prototype were produced
in the female chain, but it was made clear that KIST views the Mahru series as
exclusively male, through her production.