robot

  • Meet Cam Baby, the world's ugliest mini robot

    I have no idea what on earth makes a company, in this case Japan-based Cube Works, produce a mini robot that wears diapers but it actually exists. And the so-called Cam Baby has some amazing skills. It walks when you clap your hands. Its eyes flash. It moves its head. It walks. It makes sounds. It starts crying when it stumbles and falls down. And it’s pretty ugly, too (please watch… Read More

  • Meet "the comical robot" (which isn't comical at all) and 2 other strange Japanese mini robots

    The people studying at Matsue College of Technology [JP] (located in Matsue in Southern Japan) not only refuse to set up an English home page but also seem to have a strange sense of humor. The video above shows three robots. The first one, a “silver mine exploration robot”, is actually quite useful as its small and agile enough to explore the tunnels of a silver mine closed for… Read More

  • Bacarobo 2008: Japan chooses the dumbest robots of the year

    Japan, the nation of robots, is giving away a government-supported “robot award” every year, aiming to identify the robots that are of high value to mankind in that year. In 2008, for example, a rice transplanting robot and a hose-shaped rescue robot are nominated for the Grand Prize. The Japanese, however, also think of the other side of the spectrum by professionally organizing… Read More

  • Fuji develops cleaning robot that's able to use elevators to clean floors

    Japanese mega companies Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo today presented their jointly developed floor cleaning robot [JP, PDF] in action in an office building in Osaka , Japan. The autonomous cleaning robot can clean corridors and other similar spaces and also is able to move between the floors of the building by using the elevators. It can detect obstacles of any kind via a built-in… Read More

  • Meet Mamoru-Kun, the little robot that will get your misplaced glasses and slippers

    The Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of the prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a small desktop robot that assists elderly people in managing daily tasks. The robot was developed in cooperation with various Japanese companies such as Toyota and Fujitsu. Mamoru-Kun (“Little Protector”) is a robot that is able to tell his owner where… Read More

  • Meet Motoman, the pancake-making robot (video)

    Okonomiyaki is the name of a popular  Japanese dish made of a fried batter cake and various ingredients such as vegetables, shrimps, kimchi, cheese etc. Yaskawa Electric, a Tokyo-based electronics company, produced an industrial robot that can cook Okonomiyaki. The company, which is also nominated for Japan’ Robot Award 2008 with its LCD glass substrate processing robot MOTOMAN-CDL… Read More

  • Japan chooses 2008's best robots (photo gallery)

    Last year’s Grand Prize winning robot There should be no doubt that Japan is the world’s leading nation when it comes to the production and promotion of robots of all kinds. Each year, Nippon’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) chooses a handful of robots it thinks are especially cool and gives them the so-called Robot Award [JP]. The ministry yesterday announced… Read More

  • NEC uses life-sized humanoid as ticket and payment terminal

    NEC has unveiled a special kind of ticket and e-money terminal yesterday at the iExpo exhibition [JP] (which ends tomorrow) in Tokyo. The Japanese company designed the terminal after a humanoid robot, targeting mainly amusement parks as potential buyers. All that users need to do is to choose a method of cash-free payment and then tap their cell phones on the robot’s left hand. The… Read More

  • Meet Keiko, the newest (talking) robot for medical students

    Gifu University’s Graduate School of Medicine [JP] (located in central Japan) has developed a new “sick” robot, which is specifically geared towards medical students. Named Keiko (“practice” in Japanese), the robot is able to answer questions such as “How are you doing?”, i.e. by saying “I get tired easily lately”. The interactive… Read More

  • Meet G-Dog, Japan's newest robotic dog

    Japanese robot maker HPI will start selling a four-legged robotic dog, the so-called G-Dog (what a name), later this month. The robo dog, which is powered by a 7.2V nickel metal hydride battery, features a total of nine servomotors and is largely made of aluminium. It’s sized at 375×135×190mm and weighs 570g.
    Users will be able to control the G-Dog wirelessly via a Playstation-like joypad. Read More

  • Ultra-cute: Meet Bandai's new Baby Animal robots

    They are little pandas, ice bears, tigers and lions and they all are Japan’s newest toy robots. CCP, the company behind the so-called Baby Animals [JP], is part of the Bandai Namco Group, meaning an export of the robots outside Nippon is possible in the future (Bandai America brought the Mugen Pop Pop to the US, after all). Each of the robots is equipped with four sensors and two buttons. Read More

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