• Hospi: Meet Panasonic's Awesome Healthcare Robot (Video)

    Not too many people know that Panasonic is a quite prolific maker of robots, but big P has actually been quite active in this area in recent years. Case in point: Hospi, a cute hospital robot and one of the winner’s of this year’s Robot Awards (as selected by the Japanese government). It was first publicly shown in 2004. Read More

  • Video: Super-Fast Industrial Robot Genkotsu

    We don’t usually blog industrial robots on CrunchGear, but the so-called Genkotsu is too cool to pass up. For one, it’s one of Japan’s top robots of 2010, as selected by the government last month. But more importantly it’s flexible, precise, and amazingly fast. Read More

  • Video: Impressive Strawberry Picking Robot

    Last week, we’ve shown you a comprehensive list of Japan’s top robots of 2010, as selected by the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The list contains quite a few robots that are supposed to boost productivity in one form or the other, and now we have an impressive video that shows one of these models, a strawberry picking robot, in action. Read More

  • TagCandy: Augmented Reality-Powered Candy Sucking System (Video)

    A team of researchers at Tokyo-based Keio University came up with a solution to make sucking candy more fun: dubbed TagCandy, their device intensifies the taste of real popsicles using augmented reality (the use of this term is a bit of a stretch in this case, but OK). All that users need to do is to stick the candy into the device and start licking it. Read More

  • Video: Sony's Twin-Lens 3D Shoulder Mount Camera

    In October last year, Sony started teasing a 3D CMOS camera with two lenses and the ability to shoot video at up to 240fps. Unlike Panasonic’s model, Sony’s camera was intended for professional use, and now big S is showcasing their latest 3D camcorder prototype (which again will be geared towards professional users). Read More

  • Video: iPad-based Point Of Sale Cash Register System

    By now, we’ve learned the Japanese have found a number of creative ways to use the iPad. And today we can show you a new one: the iPad as the basis of a sophisticated, yet low-cost point of sale cash register system. Dubbed FLAVIUS [JP], the system is actually being used by several business across Japan already. Read More

  • Video: iPad Used As Self-Ordering System At Restaurants

    Japan not only loves the iPad, it also finds creative ways to use it. Now Sharp (of all companies) is testing a self-ordering system for Izakaya, Japanese-style restaurants, that’s based on the device. The idea is to do away with the usual hardcopy menus and make it possible for customers to choose and directly order what they like through an iPad. Read More

  • Video: Giant Snake Robot ACM-R5

    Another cool robot from Japan. This time, it’s a huge snake robot, made by the Hirose-Fukushima Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology. The researchers say it’s not a fun project but that they aim at finding out how snakes can move forward without legs (?) and how a snake-shaped robot could be used for practical applications. Read More

  • Videos: Health Care Robot Yurina

    Japan is the first country that was labeled by the United Nations as a super-aged society (over 20% of the population are currently 65 or older), and it has the world’s biggest robotics industry. So it’s not really surprising to see a relatively big number of “health care robots” coming out of this country, for example Japan Logic Machine’s “Yurina” [JP]. Read More

  • Video: Robotic Wheelchair Automatically Follows Human Companion

    This is pretty cool: a robotic wheelchair that automatically follows a human companion without the person sitting in the wheelchair having to do anything. Just like the Museum Guide Robot we’ve shown you earlier today, the robo wheelchair is the brain child of Saitama University‘s Human-Robot Interaction Center. Read More

  • Video: Intelligent Museum Guide Robot

    We’ve shown you multiple guide robots coming out of Japan in recent months, but this new one is specialized in helping out in museums. The unnamed robot was developed by researchers at Saitama University near Tokyo and is supposed to be more “intelligent” than similar models. Its makers say they managed to boost his communication skills by crossing robotics with sociology. Read More