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Kids celebrate robotics at RoboFes 2017

Robo Done, the robotic academy franchise for kids from Osaka, Japan, celebrated Japan’s Day of the Children on the 5th of May at their annual event, Robot Festival 2017 or RoboFes. The event welcome...
17 May 2017, by

Softbank will take pre-orders for enterprise version of Pepper starting Oct 1

Developing Story: Softbank today announced that it will be taking preorders for the enterprise version of their Pepper robot, called "Pepper for Biz" starting October 1 this year. This comes one day a...
30 July 2015, by

Japanese telcos vie for share in consumer robot-as-a-service business

View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday a second Japanese telecommunication firm entered the consumer robot-as-a-service market when the state-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NT...
29 July 2015, by

‘World’s Most Dangerous Rivalry’ stoked by bowing Abe robot at CIROS

The long-term rivalry between China and Japan, often characterised as the "World's Most Dangerous Rivalry," was exacerbated at the CIROS show held in Shanghai last week by a bowing Prime Minister Abe...
17 July 2015, by

Japan’s Haneda Airport to deploy 3 types of robots from Cyberdyne

View image | gettyimages.com [clear] Cyberdyne, the inventor of the HAL exoskeleton, is expanding their product line and Japan's Haneda Airport is their first customer....
13 July 2015, by

Pepper robots to roll out at 1,000 per month

SoftBank announced that their little Pepper robot will be available for sale beginning August 1st at the rate of 1,000 per month after selling out their first 1,000 Peppers in one online minute in Jun...
10 July 2015, by


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Japan looks to distributed, cooperative control to help manage energy market deregulation

Japan's power industry is currently centralized, but it aims to deregulate by around 2020. Coupled with this major structural market change, the expansion of thermal, nuclear and renewable power gener...
21 April 2015, by

Researchers use artificial tail to study how we adapt to brain-machine interfaces

Researchers from the Keio Institue of Pure and Applied Sciences (KiPAS) are working to reveal the mechanism by which newly acquired knowledge and information is transmitted and evolves among organisms...
13 April 2015, by

JCC503 Robo, a high-efficiency washer in the form of CNC-controlled robotic arm

http://youtu.be/yurn2xuKpc8 At JIMTOF 2014, Sugino Machine unveiled the JCC503 Robo, a CNC precision washer that positions parts with a numerically-controlled robotic arm and utilizes a high pressu...
13 January 2015, by

Can a robot baby curb loneliness among Japan’s senior citizens? | TechInAsia

SoftBank’s hotly-anticipated robot companion, Pepper, touted as being capable of recognizing and responding to human emotions, won’t go on sale at the telco’s retail outlets until next month. Bu...
13 January 2015, by

Japan’s new robotics push: Funding and deregulation

 In June, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to treble the market for robots in Japan to $22 billion by 2020. Last month, the government launched a "robot revolution realization council...
25 November 2014, by

Bipedal robot uses high-speed vision to run

We have developed a visually controlled bipedal running robot named ACHIRES: Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System. [tweetquote]This robot has a leg length of 14cm...
15 October 2014, by

Stepping motor with battery-free absolute sensor enables accurate positioning

http://youtu.be/6jkMnv-otRA Oriental Motor has developed the αSTEP AZ Series of closed-loop stepping motor & Driver packages, which contain its patented mechanical absolute sensor, the ABZO Se...
02 October 2014, by

Why is Japan the first to get Dyson’s new 360 Eye?

This post originally appeared on Akihabara News.  The Dyson 360 Eye autonomous vacuum cleaner went public in Tokyo on September 4th, and it got a lot of attention - enough to make almost any prod...
10 September 2014, by

Efficient robotic components under development using fundamental mechanism research

At the Morita Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Keio University Faculty of Science, researchers are advancing with research and development of unique robots from the perspective o...
26 August 2014, by

Governmental funding of strategic robotic projects

Many governments have determined that robotics will play a significant role in contributing to their economy and have set up projects to fund bottlenecks to speed up the process....
11 August 2014, by

Extreme-environment robotics under development at Keio University

At Keio University in Japan, the Ishigami Laboratory, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is investigating robotic mobility systems. The main mission of thi...
20 May 2014, by

Urban vegetable garden system with LED lighting

Keystone Technology's LED vegetable garden system is a cultivation system for indoor plant factories that uses LED lighting instead of sunlight. The most defining feature of the system on display at t...
10 March 2014, by

Competing sales reports for industrial robotics

    Research and Markets, an online market research store, is offering a new $3,000 report, Global and Chinese Automotive Industrial Robotics Industry Report 2013-2014, with figure...
29 January 2014, by

Robotic hand changer enables high-precision docking through dual surface resting

KOSMEK has developed a robotic hand changer that can switch between robot tools automatically - and with high precision. "Our aim is to enable a single robot to be used for many purposes. With this h...
19 December 2013, by

Nuke plant decommissioning robots wanted

The Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI) invites the robotics community to upgrade and to develop a technical catalog of robotic technologies to move and investigate inside nuclear reactor buildi...
27 February 2013, by

Activelink Power Loader gives HAL some competition, but who’s going to Fukushima?

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) exoskelet...
22 January 2013, by

KIBO robot project

A Japanese humanoid communication robot being developed by the KIBO Robot project, a joint research project by Dentsu Inc., the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of...
02 December 2012, by

Robots on stage

The Japanese theater company Seinendan and Ishiguro Laboratory at Osaka University are exploring new dimensions of human-robot-interaction on stage, a new field involving a fusion of theater, arts and...
20 November 2012, by

Disaster response robot will inspect the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor building

This compact explorer robot, called Sakura, being developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) at the Chiba Institute of Technology, is the latest in their line of disaster response robot...
23 October 2012, by

Robots or immigrants in shrinking Japan

Who will take over future jobs and welfare services in a shrinking Japan, immigrants or robots?  According to a projection of the overall size and the age breakdown of the future population in Japan ...
25 September 2012, by

Japanese robotic farming experiment

... Japan just launched a $130 million (10 billion yen) robotic farming project on a 600 acre plot of land, It is hoped the 6 year experiment will rejuvenate the Japanese agricultural industry. Fundin...
23 February 2012, by

President Obama experiences Japanese robots

... On his recent Asian trip, at APEC in Yokohama, President Obama petted a Paro robot, met HRP-4C, the fashion/space/talking fembot, and tried out Japan’s new 30 km/hr personal mobility device....
15 November 2010, by







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