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Takara Tomy announces its new Omnibot BATTROBOT toy in Japan

Did you enjoy watch “Real Steel” well good for you! Now if you ever dream of having your own personal robot fighting game “a la” Real Steel, you will be delighted to know that the Japanese Toy Manufacturer announced today their latest [...]
Takara Tomy announces its new Omnibot BATTROBOT toy in Japan

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Saginomiya Seisakusho Driving simulation vehicle testing system reproduces movement on a real vehicle

Saginomiya is developing a vehicle testing system that combines an actual vehicle with computer simulation. “Broadly speaking, we’re using two types of test system. On the right is a driving simulator, which is for sensory [...]
Saginomiya Seisakusho Driving simulation vehicle testing system reproduces movement on a real vehicle

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Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with People

Honda today unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys whil[...]
Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with People
Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with PeopleHonda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with PeopleHonda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with PeopleHonda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with People

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Sharp finally jump into the autonomous vacuum cleaner world with its latest COCOROBO

Japanese manufacturer are by far the latest to jump into the autonomous vacuum cleaner war, and while Toshiba made the jump last year, it is today finally Sharp turn, behold the COCOROBO RX-V100 and RX-V80. Both model comes with Sharp [...]
Sharp finally jump into the autonomous vacuum cleaner world with its latest COCOROBO
Sharp finally jump into the autonomous vacuum cleaner world with its latest COCOROBOSharp finally jump into the autonomous vacuum cleaner world with its latest COCOROBO

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Panasonic’s hair washing robot now accepting customers

First announced in Japan back in September 2010, Panasonic’s Hair Washing Robot is now officially accepting humans ready to have their hair washed like a pro! Available as a trial from April 11 up to June 10th at the Hair Salon S[...]
Panasonic’s hair washing robot now accepting customers
Panasonic’s hair washing robot now accepting customers

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[Hands-On] Hugvie – the huggable communication medium with a heartbeat

The Hugvie is a cushion in a minimalistic human form. It contains a pocket into which you can put your mobile phone, transforming it into a physical communication medium. The shape of this huggable cushion is based on the Telenoid robo[...]
[Hands-On] Hugvie – the huggable communication medium with a heartbeat

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Keio University demos Robotic rings for wearable robotic interaction

These robotic rings that imitate eye and mouth movements are being developed by a research group at Keio University. “When you wear this robot on your hand, it forms a medium for communication using the hand. So the robot serves [...]
Keio University demos Robotic rings for wearable robotic interaction

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Keio Univeristy demos Interactive plants that react and convey emotions

A research group at Keio University are creating interactive plants, enabling them to display emotions and communicate with people. “The purpose of this system is to make living plants seem even more alive, and give them a greate[...]
Keio Univeristy demos Interactive plants that react and convey emotions

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NTT demonstrate Videoconferencing system that shows who’s talking to whom

MM-Space, being developed by a lab at NTT, is a system designed to make users of video conferencing systems involving several people feel as if they are talking to each other in the same room. This system records the faces and voices o[...]
NTT demonstrate Videoconferencing system that shows who’s talking to whom

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Bandai tweak its good old iDog and introduce the Smartpet, a Robot Dog powered by an iPhone.

Nope unfortunately this is actually not a real robot per say but a simple, yet really cute and capable toy that use an iPhone 4 (iPhone 3GS and iPod) as “brain”. Schedule to hit Japan at the end of April and announced at around 6,500 Y[...]
Bandai tweak its good old iDog and introduce the Smartpet, a Robot Dog powered by an iPhone.

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Yamaha introduced the Vocaloid Keyboard in Japan

Yamaha has developed the Vocaloid Keyboard, which enables real-time performances of synthesized Vocaloid singing, by entering Japanese lyrics and pitch simultaneously. This keyboard is optimized for entering Japanese characters with on[...]
Yamaha introduced the Vocaloid Keyboard in Japan

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Toshiba’s supermarket POS scanner recognizes objects, makes barcodes obsolete

The latest supermarket scanner developed by Toshiba Tec may make conventional barcodes in supermarkets obsolete. Currently, at most supermarkets, a laser scanner is used to recognize barcodes, but the newly developed Object Recognition[...]
Toshiba’s supermarket POS scanner recognizes objects, makes barcodes obsolete

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Geminoid-F Android Waits for a Friend in a Tokyo Department Store

If you go to the Takashimaya department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, by Valentines Day, you will be able to see the Geminoid-F android casually sitting in a show window, looking as if it’s waiting for a friend. Geminoid-F has been p[...]
Geminoid-F Android Waits for a Friend in a Tokyo Department Store

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Tokyo Motor Show 2011 Press Briefing – Toyota, Nissan, Honda

Interested in Hi-tech and Car? Wanted to come to Japan for this year Tokyo Motor Show but was stuck at the office? Don’t worry here you are a nice little recap video just for you! This Video is provided to you by DigInfo.tv, Akih[...]
Tokyo Motor Show 2011 Press Briefing – Toyota, Nissan, Honda

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NSK unveiled a new Robot Guide Dog at International Robot Exhibition 2011

NSK has developed a four-legged robot with wheels, and are working towards the creation of a robotic guide dog. “This robot has wheels on the ends of its legs, so basically, on flat terrain, it uses the wheels to move. In places [...]
NSK unveiled a new Robot Guide Dog at International Robot Exhibition 2011

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Toyota Care Support Robots For Nursing And Healthcare

Toyota has developed robots for care support, in response to society’s aging demographics. These robots have been co-developed with Fujita Health University. They utilize advanced technologies from Toyota, including motor control[...]
Toyota Care Support Robots For Nursing And Healthcare

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RIBA II Care Support Robot For Lifting Patients

RIBA II is a two-armed care support robot that can lift people from a prone position on the floor to a wheelchair, which is one of the most physically demanding tasks in nursing homes. RIBA II has been co-developed by Tokai Rubber Indu[...]
RIBA II Care Support Robot For Lifting Patients

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Spherical flying machine developed by Defense Ministry’s Research Department

This is the world’s first spherical flying machine developed by the Research Department at Japan’s Ministry of Defense. This machine can hover like a helicopter, and take-off and land vertically. But because it works like a[...]
Spherical flying machine developed by Defense Ministry’s Research Department

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Pocky Game System Facilitates Biting Communication

A research group at JAIST has developed a prototype system for playing the Pocky game by yourself. This project is part of the group’s research on using biting motions as a form of communication. “In the Pocky game, two peo[...]
Pocky Game System Facilitates Biting Communication

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Actroid-F Robot Gets A Brother And An Eye Implant

AIST has developed a male version of its android robot Actroid-F, which was first shown to the public last year. These human-like robots imitate the movements of the people they are watching, and are currently being placed as observers[...]
Actroid-F Robot Gets A Brother And An Eye Implant

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Etro, the social robot from Korea

This new robot, is an evolution of the 2003 reading robot that had been presented then by the Korea’s Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute. This new model is now being used as an ambassador for the improvement of [...]
Etro, the social robot from Korea

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Toshiba introduces the Smarbo VC-RB100, its first Roomba-like vacuum cleaner

Since Roomba changed the way we vacuum dust around the house, LG and Samsung have since released many models similar to the Roomba, but yesterday Toshiba decided to jump into the autonomous robot vacuum cleaner world with the Smarbo VC[...]
Toshiba introduces the Smarbo VC-RB100, its first Roomba-like vacuum cleaner
Toshiba introduces the Smarbo VC-RB100, its first Roomba-like vacuum cleaner

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