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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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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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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[...]
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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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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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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 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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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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Opton Japan unleash the first step to a real Bender Bending Rodriguez with the T-Win20

Opton’s T-WIN20 KDM is a robot bender that can feed in, twist, and bend pipes simultaneously. This product has received a top award from the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency. By computer-controlling two of these benders at once[...]
Opton Japan unleash the first step to a real Bender Bending Rodriguez with the T-Win20

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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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Yaskawa Robot Lightsaber duel… The Force is strong in these ones!

At this year ICRA or International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Shanghai, the Japanese company Yasakawa demonstrates its robots skills by performing a “real” lightsaber duel between two of its Motoman industrial robots. Luc[...]
Yaskawa Robot Lightsaber duel… The Force is strong in these ones!

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“R-Learning”: South Korea to embrace next gen. education with Robots

Here in Japan, one can literally feel the closest to how the World of Future will be like…robots and all those amazing gadgets around and all..but for quite sometime now, especially after the latest “World’s First Robot Theme Park” new[...]
“R-Learning”: South Korea to embrace next gen. education with Robots

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