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Japanese Robots: The Seemingly Least Cool Robotics Story of July is a Must-Read!

Cleaning robots don’t grab headlines – what with the DARPA Robotics Challenge, NASA’s nuclear powered dunebuggy on Mars, exoskeleton intrigue, ASIMO’s new training, etc. What those fancy robots don’t have, however, is a current a[...]
Japanese Robots: The Seemingly Least Cool Robotics Story of July is a Must-Read!

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Sharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capability

Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO (RX-V90)” will be out from Sharp in late June. “COCOROBO” measures the dimensions of a room with an ultrasonic sensor, and it’s able to boost the suction power up when detecti[...]
Sharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capability
Sharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capabilitySharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capabilitySharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capabilitySharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capabilitySharp – Home cleaning robot “COCOROBO(RX-V90)” – Features artificial intelligence and voice-recognition capability

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Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)

If you are like a lot of guys, not only might your computer or touch panel need some cleaning, but your stuff may not be smelling as fresh as it could. Now, there may be something for you. Elecom is releasing a touch panel cleaner with[...]
Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)
Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)Elecom – Touch panel cleaner with fragrance – spray type (P-FCS) and wet tissue type (P-FCT5P)

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Schick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collection

Razor stands featuring the main characters of Evangelion are available through a special promotion with Schick. The limited edition set includes a figure of Lei and Asuka for the “Schick Hydro 5 Holder” and figures for EVA-[...]
Schick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collection
Schick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collectionSchick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collectionSchick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collectionSchick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collectionSchick – Evangelion figure razor stands – limited edition collection

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Sharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juice

Making your own fresh juice or smoothie has been fashionably popular in Japan, especially for women who are interested in a healthy lifestyle. The new “HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B)” that is going to be released by Sharp o[...]
Sharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juice
Sharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juiceSharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juiceSharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juiceSharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juiceSharp – HEALSIO Juicepresso (EJ-CP10B) – Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juice

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Sharp – Plasmacluster Slim Ion Fan “PF-FTC1″ – A smart fan with gentle and clean wind

Sharp is releasing Plasmacluster Slim Ion Fan “PF-FTC1″ in mid April. The design is stylish and slim and the fan blades are not visible. It has Sharp’s unique “Aerodynamic form” blast system and “Mih[...]
Sharp – Plasmacluster Slim Ion Fan “PF-FTC1″ – A smart fan with gentle and clean wind

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Dear Assistive Robot Industry, We Need You! Sincerely, Rapidly Aging Japan.

  Okay, so what’s an assistive robot? Well, they’re a lot more cool and useful and tech than it might sound. Think of them more like… social robots, or maybe cybernetic enhancements, or, some years down the road, but not too[...]
Dear Assistive Robot Industry, We Need You! Sincerely, Rapidly Aging Japan.

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Thanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying down

Thanko’s new “Wriggle Tablet Stand” allows you to comfortably read and interact with a tablet or smartphone while lying on your back. There is no need to keep holding the tablet so your arm won’t fall asleep. Th[...]
Thanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying down
Thanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying downThanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying downThanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying downThanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying downThanko – “Wriggle Tablet Stand” – Read your tablet or smartphone while lying down

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Photoshop-like interior light control interface

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id8Md7sw2Lc?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360] “This is a lighting system, called Lighty. There’s a group of robotic lights on the ceiling, and their orientation and brightn[...]
Photoshop-like interior light control interface

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Panasonic – Slim Fan F-S1XJ – Year-round stylish electric fan with “Nanoe” technology

Panasonic’s new electric fan is slim and stylish and looks completely different than the usual swinging floor-based electric fans found in every Japanese household. But beyond looks, this is no ordinary fan – it utilizes Pa[...]
Panasonic – Slim Fan F-S1XJ – Year-round stylish electric fan with “Nanoe” technology
Panasonic – Slim Fan F-S1XJ – Year-round stylish electric fan with “Nanoe” technologyPanasonic – Slim Fan F-S1XJ – Year-round stylish electric fan with “Nanoe” technology

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CCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we roll

Here’s a simple and fun way to clean up the dust around the house. “MOCORO” – CZ-560 – is a fluffy “microfiber mop ball” that rolls around by itself on the floor, picking up dust along the way.[...]
CCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we roll
CCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we rollCCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we rollCCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we rollCCP - ”MOCORO” – Microfiber robotic mop ball – When we clean, this is how we roll

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Panasonic – Emergency light that can run on any size battery – BF-BM10

Another product that would really be useful in the event of an emergency such as a major earthquake is this emergency light by Panasonic. When there is an emergency, stocks of supplies are often low, if non-existent. Two years ago afte[...]
Panasonic – Emergency light that can run on any size battery – BF-BM10
Panasonic – Emergency light that can run on any size battery – BF-BM10

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Panasonic – D Series Windea – Smart intercom unit – check household energy consumption, sync with smart devices, etc.

Panasonic’s new D Series Windea is bringing to reality the next step in the evolution of the “smart house”. Some of the key functionality with this unit: - Visitors to your house will trigger a message to your smart d[...]
Panasonic – D Series Windea – Smart intercom unit – check household energy consumption, sync with smart devices, etc.

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San-X – Rirakkuma bear earthquake kit – Cute stuffed bear stuffed with survival gear for kids in Japan

The 2nd anniversary of the catastrophic “Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami” that hit northern Japan is approaching (March 11). And I’d like to write about Earthquake kits which are very important in Japan, where mas[...]
San-X – Rirakkuma bear earthquake kit – Cute stuffed bear stuffed with survival gear for kids in Japan
San-X – Rirakkuma bear earthquake kit – Cute stuffed bear stuffed with survival gear for kids in JapanSan-X – Rirakkuma bear earthquake kit – Cute stuffed bear stuffed with survival gear for kids in JapanSan-X – Rirakkuma bear earthquake kit – Cute stuffed bear stuffed with survival gear for kids in Japan

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Panasonic – “Beauty for MEN” – Home Scalp Care

Those of us worried about losing our hair are always on the look-out for an edge to hold on to what we’ve got… In Japan, Panasonic’s “Beauty for MEN” line could be the latest in our arsenal. Panasonic is releasi[...]
Panasonic – “Beauty for MEN” – Home Scalp Care
Panasonic – “Beauty for MEN” – Home Scalp Care

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TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhone

From Takara Tomy Arts is a new, enjoyable way to save money. They have created an app for iPhones that tracks the money that you save by syncing to a sort of “Piggy Bank”. Download the dedicated iPhone app and set your targ[...]
TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhone
TAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhoneTAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhoneTAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhoneTAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhoneTAKARA TOMY A.R.T.S – “Life Bank” – High-tech Piggy Bank coupled to iPhone

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AIST – Light-controlling sheet switches between mirror and transparent states

There is another really amazing new technology captured on video by Don Kennedy and Ryo Osuga of DigInfo.TV. I think there are a lot of implications for building eco-friendly buildings and cars and having more flexibility with componen[...]
AIST – Light-controlling sheet switches between mirror and transparent states
AIST – Light-controlling sheet switches between mirror and transparent states

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IDEA International – “aero sphere fan” – New generation circulator fan

On February 21, “aero sphere fan”, a new-generation circulator fan with a very practical yet elegant Japanese design, will be launched. Its round design keeps hands at a safe distance from the fan blade while the honeycomb-[...]
IDEA International – “aero sphere fan” – New generation circulator fan
IDEA International – “aero sphere fan” – New generation circulator fanIDEA International – “aero sphere fan” – New generation circulator fanIDEA International – “aero sphere fan” – New generation circulator fan

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DigInfo.TV – The award-winning Smart Trash Can moves autonomously to catch your trash

Don Kennedy and Ryo Osuga of DigInfo.TV in Tokyo bring this video and story of Japanese technology applied to one of the most unlikely of places. How useful this will be for Japanese and worldwide homes remains to be seen, but so far, [...]
DigInfo.TV – The award-winning Smart Trash Can moves autonomously to catch your trash
DigInfo.TV – The award-winning Smart Trash Can moves autonomously to catch your trash

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Thanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest too

Great news for those people who love to lie around, but also need to get some work done… Thanko made it possible for you to work hard while relaxing flat on your back. It’s a folding desk with up to a 70cm top panel, clips and be[...]
Thanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest too
Thanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest tooThanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest tooThanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest tooThanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest tooThanko – Inverted bed computer bed stand – get your work done and some rest too

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LG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC support

Winter is still upon us, and it is still freezing cold in Korea but that doesn’t seems to bother LG at all and they just released in over-there their latest Whisen Air Conditioner. Ok I know AC nowadays are more than “cooli[...]
LG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC support
LG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC supportLG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC supportLG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC supportLG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC supportLG outs new Whisen AC in Korea with Voice guidance and NFC support

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LG announces a new HOM-BOT Square autonomus vacuum cleaner with Corner Master and Dual Eye 2.0

LG will showcase its newest square robotic vacuum cleaner in a most creative fashion at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 8-11 in Las Vegas. A highly trained troupe of HOM-BOT SQUARE units will demonstrate their incredib[...]
LG announces a new HOM-BOT Square autonomus vacuum cleaner with Corner Master and Dual Eye 2.0
LG announces a new HOM-BOT Square autonomus vacuum cleaner with Corner Master and Dual Eye 2.0LG announces a new HOM-BOT Square autonomus vacuum cleaner with Corner Master and Dual Eye 2.0

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