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Reno Tibke

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Reno brings a generalist, civilian perspective to social robotics reporting and commentary, intending to bridge between citizens of average technological curiosity on one hand, and academics, engineers, and highly specialized journalists on the other. Originally from the western United States, he draws on a background in social sciences, Japanese language and cultural studies, and a near-pathological obsession with technology born of childhood immersion in his grandmother's sci-fi library. His narratives, self-described as "socio-technological middle-manning," are generally served with a dose of irreverence, a bit of questionable punctuation, overarching advocacy for the primacy of technology in human civilization, and aspirations toward Buckminster Fulleresque run-on sentencecraft. He is currently a social robotics columnist for Japan's Business & Technology Daily News (日刊工業新聞), founder of, editor at, and co-founder of Tokyo-based multimedia production firm DIGITALHUB.JP. Reno has contributed to and participated in the Robohub community since its inception.

by   -   November 9, 2016


SOCIAL ROBOTICS JAPAN is adapted from a bimonthly column published in Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (日刊工業新聞/Business & Technology Daily Newspaper). The 101-year-old, nationally circulated newspaper is a co-organizer of the iREX International Robot Exhibition and its biennial alternate, Japan Robot Week. The column’s generalist, socio-technological perspective aims to encourage both domestic and international conversation around developments in Japanese robotics.

by   -   January 26, 2015

KOWA TECH ActiveRobo

If it can be simply installed and removed, if the controls are easy for both veteran and new operators, if together this creates a near-human surrogate, the ActiveRobo SAM could upend the entire R/C car sector. Full-scale R/C cars, that is.

by   -   September 10, 2014

Dyson’s new robot vacuum, the 360 Eye, is scheduled will hit the Japanese market in spring 2015. Why is Japan the first (and for the time being, only) market to get this hot new commodity?

by   -   March 4, 2013

Astronauts: awesome, but only human
It’s cold out there beyond the blue. Full of radiation. Low on breathable air. Vacuous. It’s hard to keep machines and organic creatures functioning and/or alive. Space to-do lists are full of dangerous, fantastically boring, and super-precise stuff.

We technological mammals assess thusly:
Robots. Robots should be doing this.

by   -   January 22, 2013

New Japanese exoskeleton pushing into HAL’s (potential) marketshare
We of the robot/technology nerd demo are well aware of the non-ironically, ironically named HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeletal suit developed by Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai’s also totally not meta-ironically named Cyberdyne, Inc. Since its 2004 founding in Tsukuba City, just north of the Tokyo metro area, Cyberdyne has developed and iteratively refined the force-amplifying exoskeletal suit, and through the HAL FIT venture, they’ve also created a legs-only force resistance rehabilitation & training platform.