robot

  • Holy crap – the Ukranians have robots

    Holy crap – the Ukranians have robots

    Fair warning to anyone trying to do evil in Odessa, Ukraine – they have a giant robot guarding the port. While he doesn’t seem to move much, I don’t think he has to. This silent sentry warns anyone coming in to Odessa to be good, or he will smite you with his mighty steel rod. Read More

  • Lian Li "spider" case seen creeping around Taiwan

    Beware the coming of the spider! This strange creature was seen in a back alley, eating cats, small dogs, and any memory chips it happens to find. It has the capability to disguise itself as the Lian Li T1 Pitstop, which is a Mini-atx case with room for a full size power supply. Of course, no word on pricing, availability, or even if we’ll see this case in the US, but it’s a fun… Read More

  • Vote to choose the next Pleo color

    Vote to choose the next Pleo color

    Here’s your chance to change history, and influence the future. The makers of the Pleo are holding a vote to decide exactly what color the new Pleo should be when they change it later this year. Oh, and if you like the original color scheme, you can get free shipping until the end of February. Read More

  • Video: Meet Palro, Fujisoft's mini humanoid

    Video: Meet Palro, Fujisoft's mini humanoid

    Most of the robots we cover on CrunchGear have been built for research or entertainment purposes, but some of them do become available for the general public at some point. And today we can give you the Palro (Pal+robot) [JP], a soon to be marketed humanoid developed by Tokyo-based Fujisoft. The little guy stands 39.8cm tall, weighs 1.6kg and boasts a whole range of features: 20 joints, five… Read More

  • NSFW The Perfect Valentine's Day Date: 100 Pounds of Silicone Girlfriend Technology

    NSFW The Perfect Valentine's Day Date: 100 Pounds of Silicone Girlfriend Technology

    Every year men and women feel the same anxiety over Valentine’s Day. Will he ask me out on my dream date? Will she like the jewelry I picked out for her? Will I be sitting at home alone? But all any of us really want to do is snuggle and say that we actually have someone to hang out with that day. So why not eliminate the anxiety and buy yourself a girlfriend. No, I’m not talking… Read More

  • Power Loader: Panasonic venture accepts orders for mecha robot suits (video)

    Power Loader: Panasonic venture accepts orders for mecha robot suits (video)

    Walking vehicles, also known as mecha, don’t play a big role in today’s robotics industry, but that might soon change. (You might remember one of the protagonists in Avatar sitting in a mecha, called AMP in the movie, during the final fight.) Now Tokyo-based robot venture Activelink, a Panasonic spin-off company, says it can make one for you, too. The startup has begun accepting… Read More

  • Indoor Personal Mobility Robot (video)

    Indoor Personal Mobility Robot (video)

    It’s always good to hear that some robot makers are focusing on the development of machines that actually have the potential of helping people in their everyday life. And the so-called Indoor Personal Mobility Robot, which is particularly geared towards the elderly, is certainly one good example. The main idea behind the robot is to make life easier for people who have trouble moving… Read More

  • NSFW: True Companion Debuts Sex Robot Roxxxy

    NSFW: True Companion Debuts Sex Robot Roxxxy

    Men have often dreamed it, but it hasn’t become a reality until today: the sex robot. The technology was developed by Douglas Hines of  True Companion, an electrical engineer and computer scientist who formerly worked in the artificial intelligence lab at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Roxxxy, the sexy bot, is a completely anatomically correct and customizable companion (from features to… Read More

  • Robot maker Vstone rolls out three mini humanoids

    Robot maker Vstone rolls out three mini humanoids

    We just recently visited Japanese robot maker Vstone‘s flagship store in Akihabara for a detailed photo report. The company has now announced three mini humanoids, which are all part of their famous “Robovie” series of two-legged robots. Buyers can choose between a new Robovie-X model and two versions of Robovie-nano. Vstone is offering the three robots not as kits but as… Read More

  • Recyclable mannequin robots

    Recyclable mannequin robots

    We have seen mannequin robots already, machines that may sometime replace real models in fashion shows and similar events. Needless to say that the company behind those robots is based in Japan. And it was clear that the first robot maker marketing a new line of robots as “recyclable” would come out of the same country, too. And Osaka-based Eager [JP] is combining both ideas by… Read More

  • CrunchGear visits top robot store Vstone in Akihabara (photo report)

    CrunchGear visits top robot store Vstone in Akihabara (photo report)

    We’ve covered robots from Japan-based robot developer and retail store Vstone a few times in the past. Reason enough for me (I live in Japan) to go and have a good look at Vstone’s flagship store in Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronic district, and make a few pics (the company itself is headquartered in Osaka). Read More

  • JO-ZERO: Super-agile, super-cool mini humanoid (video)

    JO-ZERO: Super-agile, super-cool mini humanoid (video)

    A big problem almost any robot nowadays has is limited agility. While this isn’t an issue for industrial and other “practical” robots, humanoids can only move in a slow, mechanical and chopping motion. Honda’s Asimo, for example, is considered super-advanced, but doesn’t move too elegantly either. But Japan-based Himeji Softworks raises the bar in that area. Read More

  • Japan's $2 million rescue robot is a hummingbird

    Japan's $2 million rescue robot is a hummingbird

    A Japanese researcher called Hiroshi Liu has developed a robotic hummingbird, which, just a real one, can flutter freely in mid-air by rapidly moving its wings (up to n impressive 30 times per second). Liu, who works for Chiba University just outside Tokyo, says his hummingbird is powered by a small motor and has four wings. It can be remote-controlled through infrared. Read More

  • Meet Nippon Institute of Technology's cool humanoid (video)

    Meet Nippon Institute of Technology's cool humanoid (video)

    It’s another humanoid from Japan, it doesn’t have an official name yet, but it’s pretty cool: This new robot [JP] is the result of a collaboration between various Japanese companies and institutions, namely the Nippon Institute of Technology, Harada Vehicle Design [JP], ZMP and ZNUG Design. Based technically on ZMP’s Nuvo robot, it stands 1.26m tall and weighs 15kg. Read More

  • Bari Bari: New exploration and rescue robot (video)

    Bari Bari: New exploration and rescue robot (video)

    Japan is prone to large-scale earthquakes, so the fact that researchers in this country are constantly working on the development of highly specialized rescue robots. And the so-called Bari Bari IV is a particularly clever model, as it can help people who are in danger, for example after a building has been destroyed, by being more cautious than other robots. It’s one of the robots… Read More

  • Robo Muscle Suit: Japan continues to work on fully motorized humans (video)

    Robo Muscle Suit: Japan continues to work on fully motorized humans (video)

    We reported about a motorized knee being developed at Tsukuba University in Japan just yesterday. That and HAL-5, the famous robot suit that lets paralyzed people walk through brain signal control and which was developed at the same university, seem to be just the beginning of the way to merge man and machine. The Kobayashi Lab [JP] at the Tokyo University of Science has now come up with… Read More

  • The "Motorized Knee" makes your running 30% more efficient

    The "Motorized Knee" makes your running 30% more efficient

    The researchers at Japan’s Tsukuba University seem to be particularly active when it comes to enhancing human body functions. This is the institution where the famous robot suit HAL-5 was developed and now we have another invention that can help boost the efficiency of our bodies – if that’s what we want and need, that is. A research team at said university has constructed… Read More

  • Japanese department store offers robots that look like their buyers

    Japanese department store offers robots that look like their buyers

    We all knew this day would come and we all knew this would happen first in Japan. And local department store chain operator Sogo & Seibu is ready to make it possible: You can soon buy robots who look exactly like you. Right, life-size humanoids. The company isn’t that sure about its idea though as it plans to offer just two robots for the time being. Sogo & Seibu says… Read More

  • Mad Hurricane: Japan's new mini assault robot destroys stuff (video)

    Mad Hurricane: Japan's new mini assault robot destroys stuff (video)

    Japan’s robot otaku can soon lay their hands on yet another of those electro-mechanical marvels, but this time the robot isn’t cute. No, this new model, made by Tokyo-based robot venture Poseidon, is supposed to be mean for a change. And its name (Mad Hurricane) is pretty bad ass, too. Mad Hurricane can perform a number of motions: walk in four directions, swirl to the right or… Read More

  • Autonomous office cleaning robot

    Autonomous office cleaning robot

    Japanese conglomerates Fuji Heavy Industries, Sumitomo and Subaru are developing a new robot [JP, PDF] that’s able to clean office buildings autonomously. The yet to be named robot (pictured on the left) is sized at just 50x45x80cm, meaning it’s able to maneuver even along narrow paths. Its functions include vacuuming the floors and picking up garbage. Read More