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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[...]
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IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

This is a robot system for keyhole surgery, consisting of a master unit operated by the surgeon, and a slave unit that moves on the patient side. “A feature of the slave robot is, it’s powered entirely by air. Nearly all co[...]
IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci
IBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da VinciIBIS pneumatic keyhole surgery robot potentially 1/10 the cost of da Vinci

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OMC Robot Mixing System

This industrial mixing system, developed by OMC, uses a multi-axis robot from Nachi. In contrast with conventional mixing systems which rotate the container along two axes, using this multi-axis multi-directional robot enhances the sti[...]
OMC Robot Mixing System
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Japanese Robots: Did Sagawa Electronics’ Power Jacket MK3 Rip-Off Team Skeletonics?

Sagawa Electronics’ new human exoskeleton, the much publicized Power Jacket MK3, just might have gone too far with that whole sincerest form of flattery thing. The imitative compliment they’re paying Team Skeletonics, an earlier-on-the[...]
Japanese Robots: Did Sagawa Electronics’ Power Jacket MK3 Rip-Off Team Skeletonics?

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World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed the world’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom. It will be used in the drug discovery and pharmaceutical fields to automate experiments which use dangerous chemic[...]
World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom
World’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedomWorld’s first all stainless steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

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Japanese gymnast robot – What ability!

On Youtube, a video of this robot with excellent gymnastics ability has been creating a lot of buzz in Japan. Don’t miss his perfect dismount after 0.35 seconds. Could he help Japan win a gold medal?
Japanese gymnast robot – What ability!
Japanese gymnast robot – What ability!

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Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice

This robot is being developed to automate the management of laboratory animal colonies used by pharmaceutical companies and research institutions, primarily those that raise from 10,000 to 30,000 mice or rats. It’s currently unde[...]
Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice
Laboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 miceLaboratory animal management robot can care for 30,000 mice

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Remote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situations

This remote medical care robot for use in emergency situations, is under development by a research group at Waseda University, led by Dr. Hiroyasu Iwata. “If a person receives an impact in an accident, there is a possibility that[...]
Remote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situations
Remote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situationsRemote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situationsRemote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situationsRemote internal imaging robot helps doctors in emergency situations

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Japanese Robots: ASIMO Gets a Taste of Human Nature; Media Forgets How to Journalism

Honda bills ASIMO as the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, and in many ways, he totally is. He’s sort of an ambassador for all robots, and people love the super-tech, friendly looking little machine. But, people also love to [...]
Japanese Robots: ASIMO Gets a Taste of Human Nature; Media Forgets How to Journalism

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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week it’s iPhone holdout NTT DoCoMo’s staring contest with Apple, and Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO gets a round of out of context, less than favorable press. • • • Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future F[...]
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

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Japanese Robots: Kids’ Summer School for Robotics & Engineering in Rural Japan

A dedicated organization with a few dedicated staff is bringing robotics and engineering education to a part of Japan that’s about as rural as the hyper-densely populated country gets. The NPO Hito Project’s robotics courses are preppi[...]
Japanese Robots: Kids’ Summer School for Robotics & Engineering in Rural Japan

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Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Motoman Opens Shop in China; Shudder the Labor Market?

Of planet Earth’s estimated 1,240,000 operational industrial robots, about 230,000 were made in Japan and sold around the world by Yaskawa Motoman. Earlier this week, they opened their first overseas factory in China, which means that [...]
Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Motoman Opens Shop in China; Shudder the Labor Market?

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Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease

Lands Work, a manufacturer of tofu-making machinery, has developed a robot that can pick up very soft foods such as tofu. “First, the robot checks which way the tofu is facing, and how big it is, using a camera. The images are an[...]
Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease
Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with easeTofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease

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Cheetah-Cub, a Swiss Cat that Runs Like a Robot. No, wait…

Ahhh, Switzerland. Not only Europe’s centralized hub for chocolate, cheese, watches, banking, and international apolitical neutrality (so lucky), the nation also boasts two of the finest science and engineering schools on the planet. N[...]
Cheetah-Cub, a Swiss Cat that Runs Like a Robot. No, wait…

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Japanese Robots: Honda’s High-Access Survey Robot Goes to Work in Fukushima. Finally Some Action for (parts of) ASIMO!

The first signs of trouble at Fukushima were quickly followed by expectations of an action-ready ASIMO leaping to the rescue. Honda’s humanoid remains far from able, but their new High-Access Survey Robot is on the job, and of so[...]
Japanese Robots: Honda’s High-Access Survey Robot Goes to Work in Fukushima. Finally Some Action for (parts of) ASIMO!

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Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

One could reasonably assume Japan’s impressive array of supertech humanoid robots would swarm the inspired-by-Fukushima DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), but Tokyo University spin-off SCHAFT Robotics is it. DARPA’s militariness and[...]
Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

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Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

Honda’s Walking Assist with Stride Management: Coming to a Hospital Near You! If, that is, you’re connected to one of 50 Japanese medical institutions now testing and evaluating a pair of the semi-robotic exoskeletal assistive devices.[...]
Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

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Putting Your Finger in this Japanese Robot is a Step Toward Actual Virtual Reality

Welcome to Touchable TV! In addition to showcasing their 8K, 7680×4320, Ultra-High-Def (Ridiculous-Def?) TV broadcasting kit last weekend, Japan’s NHK also demoed a haptic feedback device that simulates virtual 3D objects in real time.[...]
Putting Your Finger in this Japanese Robot is a Step Toward Actual Virtual Reality

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Dr. Kanako Miura Made Robots Walk Like Humans. She Will be Missed.

While riding her bike on Sunday, May 19th, at approximately 3:30pm, highly accomplished and well-regarded robotics researcher Dr. Kanako Miura was struck by a large truck near Charlesgate Park in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Bost[...]
Dr. Kanako Miura Made Robots Walk Like Humans. She Will be Missed.

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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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