• Panasonic's dish washing robot

    We have reported about a number of household robots from Japan in the past. Those machines covered areas like preparing sushi or pancakes, cleaning the house or the toilet. Last December, we reported about a kitchen robot that’s able to do your dishes without breaking them. And today, Panasonic showcased an updated version of that very robot in Tokyo. Read More

  • Fujitsu develops autonomous gofer robot for the office

    No pictures for this yet, but after conquering nursing homes, schools and hospitals, Japan’s robots are finally ready to get into office spaces, too. Fujitsu’s new and yet to be named gofer robot is an all-round talent, designed to be used mainly during office hours. It can move among the staff and actually gets work done as well. Read More

  • Robovie-X: New glove-controlled, ambidextrous humanoid

    Japan-based Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and robot venture Vstone have announced the joint development of a mini humanoid [JP] that’s able to handle objects dexterously through a remote control. The so-called Robovie-PC is already on sale in Japan and costs $4,500. Read More

  • Fukitorimushi: Panasonic's creepy cleaning robot (video)

    The so-called Fukitorimushi (“wipe-up bug” in Japanese), a cleaning robot of a very special kind, has been around for quite a while now. But what was showcased recently during a tech exhibition in Tokyo was the newest version. And the thing is still creepy as hell. Read More

  • Robots add new arsenal in their war against humanity: singing!

    Way back in March I wrote about the HRP-4C robot that walks and talks. At CEATEC today I saw this thing in person. And now it sings! Watch the video! Read More

  • Video: Sporty robot Taizou wants the elderly to exercise

    Another week, another healthcare robot coming put of Japan (and this is generally a good thing). This new model, named Taizou [JP], is developed by the country’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and was unveiled today. Its purpose is to motivate the elderly to exercise more in order to prevent diseases and stay young mentally. Read More

  • Video: The iida Polaris is a cool mix between robot and phone

    Japan is the nation of robots. Everybody knows that. It’s also the nation of cell phones. So why not mix robots and cell phones? That’s what the country’s second biggest mobile phone provider KDDI au thought and today presents the iida Polaris, a robotic cell phone [link in English], for the first time (click here for my iida concept photo report from April). Read More

  • Regina: New healthcare robot lifts very heavy people

    One of the fields in which robotics really makes sense is healthcare, where Japan is certainly the most productive country. And now we get another healthcare robot, created by a company called Japan Logic Machine. Read More

  • Video: Six-legged robo-bug Phasma

    The second robot coming out of Japan today is pretty cool, too, even though it’s not as useful as the first: Phasma is its name, and it’s an insect-like mini robot that sports six legs and can be remote-controlled. Developed by a Tokyo-based design and engineering company called takram, Phasma’s main purpose is to imitate an insect’s movements. Read More

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