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Japanese Robots: Honda’s High-Access Survey Robot Goes to Work in Fukushima. Finally Some Action for (parts of) ASIMO!

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 some consolation: it’s got ASIMO parts.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.06.25 at 00:24

Tofu handling robot picks up soft, delicate food with ease

Lands Work, a manufacturer of tofu-making machinery, has developed a robot that can pick up very soft foods such as tofu. “First, the robot checks which way the tofu is facing, and how big it is, using a camera.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.06.25 at 00:19

Cheetah-Cub, a Swiss Cat that Runs Like a Robot. No, wait…

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.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.06.25 at 00:13

Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)

One could reasonably assume Japan’s impressive array of supertech humanoid robots would swarm the inspired-by-Fukushima DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), but Tokyo University spin-off SCHAFT Robotics is it.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.06.13 at 12:28

Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

Honda Ships 100 Walking Assist Stride Management Wearable Robot Thingys

Honda’s Walking Assist with Stride Management: Coming to a Hospital Near You! If, that is, you’re connected to one of 50 Japanese medical institutions now testing and evaluating a pair of the semi-robotic exoskeletal assistive devices.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.06.13 at 11:51

Dr. Kanako Miura Made Robots Walk Like Humans. She Will be Missed.

Dr. Kanako Miura Made Robots Walk Like Humans. She Will be Missed.

While riding her bike on Sunday, May 19th, at approximately 3:30pm, highly accomplished and well-regarded robotics researcher Dr. Kanako Miura was struck by a large truck near Charlesgate Park in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.05.31 at 12:34

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week Square mobile payment comes to Japan, super-green Kitakyushu & UNIDO join forces to make clean cities, Japanese research groups are Joining the European Human Brain Project, and some really unfortunate and sad news in the world of humanoid robotics.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.05.31 at 11:51

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

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 blacksmith Kogoro Kurata and British animatronics expert Matt Denton are live specimens with a simple purpose: make awesome robotic machines.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.05.10 at 12:58

Top 4 Robot-Themed Short Films of 2013 (thus far)

Top 4 Robot-Themed Short Films of 2013 (thus far)

2013’s Top 4 Robot Short Films Japan’s yearly Golden Week, a 10-day stretch of spring garnished with national holidays, tends to shut down almost every industry save tourism & travel.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.05.10 at 12:54

Japan’s Taking Robot Action: Honda, Sekisui House, and New Government Funding

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 situations, and the game might be changing from “what the distant future will bring” to “what’s going to be in place in 3 years.

Via Akihabara News | Posted on 2013.05.10 at 12:45


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