Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Video: Simple Personal Assistant Robot Follows You, Carries Stuff For You

    Video: Simple Personal Assistant Robot Follows You, Carries Stuff For You

    We covered quite a few personal assistant robots from Japan in the past, but none of them were labeled as “personal porters”. But now Professor Gen Endo from the Tokyo Institute of Technology has built a unique prototype of a robot that follows the owner around and can carry stuff for them, too. Owners simply pull the robot with the help of a cord, and the self-propelled… Read More

  • Video: Japanese University Uses Fish Scales To Develop Stronger Artificial Bones

    Video: Japanese University Uses Fish Scales To Develop Stronger Artificial Bones

    Ceramics, metallic alloys, bone powder, wood or stem cells are just some of the substances doctors have used to replace or heal broken bones so far. Now a group of researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, led by Professor Junzo Tanaka, has come up with an alternative: fish scales. According to the professor, using fish scales comes with three advantages (when compared to using… Read More

  • Robot HIRO Learns, Adapts To New Situations Autonomously (Video)

    Robot HIRO Learns, Adapts To New Situations Autonomously (Video)

    Robots that have the ability to “learn” to do specific tasks are nothing new, but truly autonomous models are still a thing of the future. The Tokyo Institute of Technology is working on a robot that’s supposed to be able to learn, adapt to new situations and act in a human-like way someday. Read More

  • Video: Tricycle Robot Tri-Star IV Overcomes Sand And Rubble, Could Be Used In Fukushima

    Video: Tricycle Robot Tri-Star IV Overcomes Sand And Rubble, Could Be Used In Fukushima

    I am not seeing exactly how this robot can be used to explore the damaged nuclear plants in Fukushima (I understand they are not designed to resist radiation), but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. Jointly developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the so-called Tri-Star IV is actually supposed to carry out missions on the moon. Read More

  • The Air Hopper Is A Grasshopper Robot

    The Air Hopper Is A Grasshopper Robot

    We showed you robotic fish, robotic dogs and robotic snakes in the past, and we know you were just waiting for robotic grasshoppers. But thanks to Tokyo Institute Of Technology, you can consider those animals now covered, too. Read More

  • Video: Virtual Reality hair cut simulator "Air-Hair"

    Video: Virtual Reality hair cut simulator "Air-Hair"

    I’ve seen many things in the tech and gadget world, but this one’s a first. A robot research team at Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed a “virtual reality”-based hair cut simulation system. Aptly named Air-Hair, the system makes it possible to imitate the process of cutting a person’s hair using a manikin and a pair of physical “scissors”… Read More

  • Hitachi Maxell develops magnetic tape cartridge with 50TB capacity

    Hitachi Maxell develops magnetic tape cartridge with 50TB capacity

    Just in January this year, we reported about a very special magnetic tape that was developed by Fujifilm and IBM and that stores a whopping 35TB of data. But yesterday Hitachi Maxell has announced that its new high-capacity magnetic tape even offers 50TB. No wonder Maxell and and its partner in the development of the tape, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are speaking of a “world… 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

  • New method enhances efficiency in ethanol production

    New method enhances efficiency in ethanol production

    Professor Michikazu Hara, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has created an inexpensive substance, which can boost the efficiency of ethanol production. Reportedly, the costs of producing bio-ethanol from rice straw and other nonfood crops can be cut by more than 30%. Hara says the special catalyst he created is able to break down plant-based material and produce sugar (one… Read More