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Living with robots
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Read the full story Japan | Robots 01:49 AM Yoshi Suzuki • Permalink
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Living with Robots is a fascinating five-part video series by the Financial Times all about our relationship with robots and the impact they might have on mankind in the future.

Robot transformer bed turns self into electric wheelchair
Friday, September 18, 2009
Read the full story Household | Robots | Transportation 09:16 PM JMLH • Permalink
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Panasonic has a long history of supplying high-tech medical devices to institutions throughout its home country of Japan. Combine that expertise with its emerging robotics know-how and this is what you get – the world’s first robot bed that lifts the occupant up when needed and transforms itself into a wheelchair that can move off on its own.

Shuffling wannabe Terminator robot learns the two-step
Friday, May 08, 2009
Read the full story R&D | Robots 12:32 AM JMLH • Permalink
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Remember the delightful bipedal ‘bot from Masanao Koeda that we saw 18 months ago? The research platform was all about teaching robots to move more like humans and turn around on the spot easily.

Video: The grabbing (robot) hands grab all they can…
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots 03:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Personally, I think Panasonic‘s DSM-Hand is cool not because it can grab a glass without either dropping it or breaking it (I can do that sometimes), but because it uses gears instead of motors to drive its joints.

Mumbling robots more pleasing than the silent type
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Read the full story Household | R&D | Robots 02:16 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Robots are good for plenty of things, but having a meaningless chat generally isn’t one of them – something that has to change if a group of Japanese researchers are to be believed.

Airport porter revealed as bag-fondling robot
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots | Transportation 10:17 AM JMLH • Permalink
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If you happen to stop over at Kita Kyushu airport in the southwest of Japan this month, don’t be surprised if the porter offering to carry your bags is a four-foot green chap with an oddly metallic voice.

Honda creates 3D CPU to power super Asimo
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots 08:30 AM JMLH • Permalink
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We’ve heard a only little before about the three-dimensional computer processors that promise to be the way ahead to an even faster future, so it’s encouraging to see that Honda has succeeded in creating a working 3D chip.

Half-body robot to help construction workers on the job
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots 09:27 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Although small robots like Aibo and its ilk and flashy bipedal ‘droids such as Asimo tend to hog most of the robotic limelight in the non-specialist press, it’s generally well known among researchers that machines that boost the ability of humans to do tasks they find difficult are most likely to change our lives in the near future.

Sony ‘fesses up about new Aibo rumours
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Read the full story R&D | Robots 06:47 AM JMLH • Permalink
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It’s been a month since Stuff magazine teased us with that mock-up of what a next-generation Aibo might look like, but we’ve still heard nothing official on the possibility of a return for the robot pet and its new PlayStation interface.

Shuffling robot twists, turns, doesn’t fall over
Monday, November 26, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots 08:30 AM JMLH • Permalink
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The latest breakthrough in robotic walking is a bipedal robot that can turn on the spot to change direction - typical two-legged machines require the turning circle of an oil tanker to change course.

Bowing, scraping Japanese robot learns by watching
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots 09:24 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Without human intervention, most robots these days can do absolutely nothing – they rely on us entirely for guidance, whether that’s real time or in the form of being programmed in advance. Naturally, a day will come when machines can learn and teach themselves what to do…

Humanoid kit robot grows a set (of wheels)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Read the full story Robots | Toys 08:55 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Aside from the long-scrapped Aibo, one of the most fun personal robots we’ve ever spent time with is a little Japanese chap by the name of Gogic Five who has been available there since last year in kit form for just ¥34,650 ($290).

Robotic massages available from metal man
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots | WTF? 10:09 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Next time your curiosity is piqued by one of those street-corner calls of ‘Fancy a massage?’ just remember to bring along a can of WD-40, lest your would-be manipulator turn out to be more machine than masseuse.

Scary robot frog mounts, dismounts startled chair
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots 09:59 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Remember that leppin’, frittin’, jumping robot from Tokyo Uni we saw last week? Well, even if you don’t here’s Mowgli redux, this time on video in glorious YouTube-ovision.

Slam-dunk as Japanese leaping robot grabs big air
Friday, September 28, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots 09:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Robots are capable of many things these days, but jumping like a frog generally isn’t one of the first that comes to mind, however a machine in development [Subscription link] in Japan is the first bipedal ‘bot capable of doing just that.

Dancing muppet robot rocks out in Tokyo
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Read the full story Japan | Robots 07:45 AM Tim Hornyak • PermalinkComments
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With Tokyo in an intense heat wave, there’s nothing like a dancing robot to lift one’s spirits from the humid doldrums. The great video after the jump from Wired and my roboticist pal Marek Michalowski features the ‘creature-like’ robot Keepon developed at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology’s (NICT) Kyoto research center.

Sexy female android's luster literally melts away
Monday, August 06, 2007
Read the full story Robots 03:59 AM Tim Hornyak • PermalinkComments
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What happens when androids get old? Well, it ain’t pretty. Basically, they melt. Of course, ‘old’ comes pretty fast in robotics. Your gorgeous synthetic Actroid companion may be the stuff of your dreams today - but her skin will start to liquefy in about a year.

Real transformer robot: two legs good, eight legs better
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots 08:48 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Robotics fans who are also entomologists should get a kick out of the latest high-tech machine from Japan – a shiny multi-legged robot that can walk like an insect.

Giant robot grabbing hands grab all they can
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Read the full story Japan | Robots 04:51 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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Japanese robotics specialist Tmsuk has more than just a name to conjure with - it also produces one of the largest robots known to man; the all-conquering Enryu T-53 [PDF].

Sega plans toy robot dog to fill Aibo void
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Read the full story Robots | Toys 06:06 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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If you’re still mourning the demise of Sony’s Aibo robot pet early last year, then perhaps your ears will perk up and your tail wag a little at the news that Sega Toys in Japan is releasing its own robot dog this autumn.

Book tour: Japanamerica by Roland Kelts
Monday, June 25, 2007
Read the full story Events | Interviews | Japan | Robots | Toys 09:07 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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DWT friend and all-round good-egg Roland Kelts has a new book out about the bizarre and intriguing bonds between the cultures of Japan and the US. Japanamerica touches on everything from manga to maniacs, so get your click on and hear what Roland has to say for himself after the jump. PS If you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss the chance to get it straight from the horse’s mouth tomorrow night - details at the end.

Medical robot mimics obscure conditions, keeps students on toes
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Read the full story R&D | Robots | WTF? 04:20 AM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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That fine-looking android you see in the photo above may look a little rough and ready but don’t be fooled by appearances – it’s actually the world’s first fully symptomatic medical-condition simulator.

Samsung’s dual-format Blu-ray/HD DVD player looks like the real deal
Friday, April 13, 2007
Read the full story Home theater | Robots | Video 10:00 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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As expected, Samsung today announced that it will join LG in releasing a dual-format high-definition video player that supports both Blu-ray and HD DVD.

Gogic Five kit robot falls down, gets up again
Friday, December 15, 2006
Read the full story Robots | Toys 05:38 PM JMLH • PermalinkComments
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SK Pang’s foot-tall kit robot, Gogic Five, rocks so hard he has trouble staying upright. What, with karate kicks, fist-of-fury punches and a little hula dancing this metal kid has the world at his feet.



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