robot

  • 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 about… 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 orders for their… 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 indoors. 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 hair… 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 finished products. 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 offering recyclable… 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. Their JO-ZERO robot kit shows we… 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