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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ASIMO to make its St. Louis debut

If you’re a fan of Honda‘s world-renowned advanced humanoid robot ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, it will be making its St. Louis debut at the FIRST Championship from April 28-30. At FIRST, ano[...]
ASIMO to make its St. Louis debut

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[EV Expo] ZMP RoBoCar

Announced last week, the RoBoCar from ZMP was displayed at today’s EV Expo 2011 in Tokyo, if there is not much we will have to add to our latest coverage (See more: ZMP RoBoCar), we have however for you some live pictures and a little [...]
[EV Expo] ZMP RoBoCar
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ZMP announces new Single-Seater Robot Electric Car, the RoBoCar

This is the 2nd Electric Robot Car from ZMP, with a previous model announced early February 2010, this new version comes with a newly developed autonomous system. Thanks to an array of sensors including a Stereo camera, Inertial Measur[...]
ZMP announces new Single-Seater Robot Electric Car, the RoBoCar
ZMP announces new Single-Seater Robot Electric Car, the RoBoCar

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HRP-2, the robot that moves like an old lady

Newscientist published an article last week about HRP-2, a robot unveiled this month during the Humanoids2010 conference in Nashville. Sébastien Lengagne of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology[...]
HRP-2, the robot that moves like an old lady
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TalkTorque, a friendly robot

The Tsukuba University recently updated their page on the TalkTorque Project. The project aims at building a robot that can serve as a non-verbal interface to communicate with humans. This funny looking little guy is rigged with differ[...]
TalkTorque, a friendly robot
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Robot Succeeds at Learning Archery

This white, 41-inch-tall kid-sized robot with a Native American headdress is called iCub, and he learned how to shoot a suction cup-tipped plastic arrow all by himself at the Italian Institute of Technology. The ARCHER (Augmented Rewar[...]
Robot Succeeds at Learning Archery

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Meet “Topio Dio”, Vietnam’s first humanoid bartender robot

Yes, Japan has a lot to show off in Robotics area, from Honda’s Asimo and Prof. Ishiguro’s fembot Geminoid F to Toyota’ s violin-playing robot and Fujitsu’s HOAP-3.  But there joins to the bandwagon Vietnam than[...]
Meet “Topio Dio”, Vietnam’s first humanoid bartender robot
Meet “Topio Dio”, Vietnam’s first humanoid bartender robotMeet “Topio Dio”, Vietnam’s first humanoid bartender robot

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ZMP RoboCar G: New Robotic Electronic Car to be available in November

ZMP Inc. is a Japan-based company developing Robotics engineering and educational products. Under the banner of ZMP e-nuvo series, they offer various types of robots. Last year, they launched the prototype RoboCar which is now followed[...]
ZMP RoboCar G: New Robotic Electronic Car to be available in November
ZMP RoboCar G: New Robotic Electronic Car to be available in NovemberZMP RoboCar G: New Robotic Electronic Car to be available in November

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