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Japanese Robot Art: Nice to Look At, and Don’t Forget the Inspiration!

Japanese Robot Art – It’s Good, Man! Illustration, product packaging, statues & sculpture, and even some transhumanist pin-ups; for decades Japan’s been pounding out the robot art like nobody’s business. Last week[...]
Japanese Robot Art: Nice to Look At, and Don’t Forget the Inspiration!

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Pacific Rim and the Legacy of Giant Japanese Robots

A Slice of Giant Japanese Robot Lineage: With a marketing campaign aimed at pretty much any human being with electricity, high levels of robo-geekery aren’t at all required for one to be aware of this summer’s giant robot & monster[...]
Pacific Rim and the Legacy of Giant Japanese Robots

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Top 4 Robot-Themed Short Films of 2013 (thus far)

2013’s Top 4 Robot Short Films Japan’s yearly Golden Week, a 10-day stretch of spring garnished with national holidays, tends to shut down almost every industry save tourism & travel. Of course this includes J-robotics movers and s[...]
Top 4 Robot-Themed Short Films of 2013 (thus far)

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Japan’s Taking Robot Action: Honda, Sekisui House, and New Government Funding

Everyday Robots, the Ones That Have Forever Been Coming… They Might Actually Get Here? Well, in Japan, anyway. Two massive companies and one or two government agencies have assembled some intriguing and aggressive robot launchpad[...]
Japan’s Taking Robot Action: Honda, Sekisui House, and New Government Funding

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Japan’s Kuratas vs. The U.K.’s Mantis: Pure Science Robot Showdown!

Have you heard of the robot maker species that doesn’t need a grand research goal, isn’t motivated by government competitions or corporate interests, and doesn’t necessarily care if their efforts result in profit? Japanese [...]
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The Saddest Robots in Japan Live Among the Sins of Sony

Google Me This: What Ever Happened to Sony’s Robots? Okay, check it out: so there’s this massive, global technology company, and about 14 years ago they decide to make a few robots. Turns out they create some really smart, cutting-edge[...]
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Japan’s Creepiest Robots (and why they’re not)

We’re rolling, and 3, 2, 1 – ACTION: “Gee-whiz Bob, those crazy Japanese robot guys are at it again, how about a ridiculous soundbite and poorly executed pun, and hey, here’s an unoriginal one-liner, ha, ha, ha, those Japanese an[...]
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Japan’s Robot Cars: Where’s this Road Going?

Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, and Ultra Magnus. These are all robot cars from the Transformers franchise rooted in early 1980s Japan. Somewhat disappointingly, here in realityland it looks like Japan’s real robot cars will have names like Ni[...]
Japan’s Robot Cars: Where’s this Road Going?

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Japan’s Industrial Robotics Situation: it’s Interesting. Seriously!

Sweet, More J-Robots! …Oh. Industrial Robots? Okay, today will not be heroic rescue & recovery robots, nor life-changing assistive robots for the disabled and elderly. No, today we’re talking Japan’s industrial robots, and th[...]
Japan’s Industrial Robotics Situation: it’s Interesting. Seriously!

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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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Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)

All of Japan took a few moments Monday to pay respect to the losses suffered in the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster of March 11, 2011. As human beings we move forward, and we work to find the good even in terrible situations. In[...]
Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)
Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)

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Panasonic subsidiary, Activelink, in alliance with Mitsui Corp. to make exoskeleton power-assist robots

To expand their capabilities in the power-assist robot business, Panasonic subsidiary, Activelink Co., Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. agreed to form a business and capital alliance. Activelink was established as a subsidiary company [...]
Panasonic subsidiary, Activelink, in alliance with Mitsui Corp. to make exoskeleton power-assist robots
Panasonic subsidiary, Activelink, in alliance with Mitsui Corp. to make exoskeleton power-assist robotsPanasonic subsidiary, Activelink, in alliance with Mitsui Corp. to make exoskeleton power-assist robotsPanasonic subsidiary, Activelink, in alliance with Mitsui Corp. to make exoskeleton power-assist robots

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Kirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station team

We recently wrote about a robot named Robi who is a member of the Japanese family. Now, Dentsu Inc. has announced the names “Kirobo” and “Mirata” for two humanoid communication robots being developed under the K[...]
Kirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station team
Kirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station teamKirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station teamKirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station teamKirobo, the Robot Astronaut – KIBO ROBOT PROJECT – Robot to join the International Space Station team

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DeAGOSTINI – Robi – Charming Robot and member of the family that you can assemble by yourself

DeAGOSTINI Japan, a publisher that issues a weekly magazine specializing in collectable items, launched “Robi”, the friendly robot that wants to be part of the family. He can understand more than 200 words so he listens to [...]
DeAGOSTINI – Robi – Charming Robot and member of the family that you can assemble by yourself
DeAGOSTINI – Robi – Charming Robot and member of the family that you can assemble by yourself

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Toshiba – Prototype of nuclear decontamination robot (from The Japan Times)

In Japan, since the nuclear disaster that began in 2011, innovation and development has been put into the cleanup effort. Here is a video from Japan Times that shows a prototype of a decontamination robot developed by Toshiba Corporati[...]
Toshiba – Prototype of nuclear decontamination robot (from The Japan Times)
Toshiba – Prototype of nuclear decontamination robot (from The Japan Times)

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Power Loader power amplification exoskeleton robot

This power amplification robot, called Power Loader, is currently under development by Activelink, a Panasonic subsidiary venture. The aim is to achieve a robot that can freely utilize power beyond human strength, in emergencies or on [...]
Power Loader power amplification exoskeleton robot

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Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum cleaner updated – smaller model and updated app functions

Sharp have updated their Cocorobo line of intelligent robot vacuum cleaners, with a new smaller model, as well as a Cocorobo Navi function, which allows the robot to be controlled when the user is outside the home. Cocorobo Navi can be[...]
Sharp Cocorobo robot vacuum cleaner updated – smaller model and updated app functions

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Brain Computer Interface used to control the movement and actions of an android robot

Researchers at the CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory, are working on ways to control robots via thought alone. “Basically we would like to create devices which would allow people to feel embodied, in the body of a humanoid robo[...]
Brain Computer Interface used to control the movement and actions of an android robot

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Panasonic develops a prototype dry head spa robot

Panasonic has developed a prototype dry head spa robot, which in the future could be attached to a desk or bath. It uses robot hand technology previously developed for use in their hair washing robot. “For kneading the scalp whil[...]
Panasonic develops a prototype dry head spa robot

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Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

At the Chiba Institute of Technology, a group led by Shuro Nakajima has developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps. This robot can make a variety of movements, using its four-wheel drive and five axes. Normally, it rolls al[...]
Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

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Toyota Partner Robot provides everyday assistance for people with disabilities

Toyota has developed the Partner Robot, to provide everyday assistance for people with disabilities. This robot has a compact, cylindrical body, so it can turn round in small spaces, as well as folding arms, which can do tasks such as [...]
Toyota Partner Robot provides everyday assistance for people with disabilities

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Daifuku Baggage Tray System moves baggage at 600m per minute

The Baggage Tray System (BTS) is an airport baggage handling system developed by Daifuku. Unlike a conventional conveyor belt, this system puts baggage items on trays, one at a time. The BTS achieves a top speed of 600 meters per minut[...]
Daifuku Baggage Tray System moves baggage at 600m per minute

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