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

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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[...]
Japan’s Creepiest Robots (and why they’re not)

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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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Takara Tomy releases water activated Robot Fish

Toy maker, Takara Tomy, releases nationwide on March 7th, a line up of four independent swimming robot fish. About the size of your average goldfish, these water activated fish swim around quite realistically as soon as they hit the wa[...]
Takara Tomy releases water activated Robot Fish
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United Arrows – Marionettebot – Clothing store mannequin imitates movement

Another good example of the mix of technology, interesting ideas and craziness in Japan. United Arrows, A popular clothing chain store in Japan created the Marionettebot – a store show window display mannequin in Shibuya, Tokyo t[...]
United Arrows – Marionettebot – Clothing store mannequin imitates movement

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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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Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”

Samsung launched robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean” with upgraded dust removal capability for corners on the 2nd. Unlike the previous versions of robotic vacuum cleaners with fixed side brushes, Smart Tango Corner Clean [...]
Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”
Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”Samsung Releases robotic vacuum cleaner “Smart Tango Corner Clean”

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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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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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Asimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from Honda

Sure you must be disappointed that Honda spent all it resources and brain matter in developing the next gen Lawn Mower instead of a nice little Robot butler. Still, I for once welcome this move! Why? Well simply because as a Kid I spen[...]
Asimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from Honda
Asimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from HondaAsimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from HondaAsimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from HondaAsimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from HondaAsimo got a new friend with Miimo, a new Robotic Lawn Mower from Honda

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Swumanoid swimming android robot from Tokyo Tech will help athletes swim faster

Swumanoid, developed by the Nakashima Group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, is a humanoid robot that replicates the motion of a swimmer. In the future, this robot is expected to help researchers analyze how people can swim faster, an[...]
Swumanoid swimming android robot from Tokyo Tech will help athletes swim faster

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Mahoro lab android automates dangerous lab work

Mahoro, co-developed by AIST and Yaskawa, is a general-purpose android for automating lab work that previously had to be done manually. The robot can do tasks, such as dispensing and culturing, faster and more precisely than people. So[...]
Mahoro lab android automates dangerous lab work

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ZMP demos RoboCar HV driverless R&D test vehicle can be driven with an iPad

The Robocar HV being developed by ZMP is a test vehicle for research and development that acquires vehicle sensor data via the vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) to enable vehicle control through an independent controller. T[...]
ZMP demos RoboCar HV driverless R&D test vehicle can be driven with an iPad

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