robot

  • 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

  • Leopard: Oki develops robot-powered office chair

    Oki has turned technology used in its leg-shaped robot “Robot Leg”, which was introduced in 2005, in a prototype office chair that is based on a human muscual mechanism. The so-called Leopard was jointly developed by Oki and Okamura, a Japanese furniture maker. The chair is supposed to help persons get out of the chair easily as well as sit and recline comfortably. The… Read More

  • University of Tokyo unveils robot that does household chores, learns from mistakes

    In cooperation with Toyota, the Information and Robot Technology Research Initiative, a research body of prestigious University of Tokyo, has developed a robot that handles household chores [JP, PDF]. The humanoid was demonstrated to Japanese media last week and was able to clean up rooms, put away dishes from tables, open and close doors and do the laundry. The so-called “Home… Read More

  • Robot planter walks around to stay in the light


    I have no words. This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. I get pretty diffuse light in my apartment, so this wouldn’t really be necessary — plus, my place is the size of a postage stamp and this thing would probably trip me up or crawl in bed with me at night. I guess that wouldn’t be so bad. I love everything about this little robot. Oh my god, how can you not?
    [via… Read More

  • Robo Japan 2008: Honda showcases the newest version of the Asimo humanoid (video)

    Video: Courtesy of DigInfo Honda’s humanoid Asimo has been around for more than four years now but it’s still highly popular in its homeland Japan. At Robo Japan 2008, an exhibition held in Yokohama last week, Honda presented the newest version of the 130cm tall, walking robot to the general public and it looks just awesome. Read More

  • TOKYObay Robots for your office cubicle

    What we have here is a heavy, metal, red robot alarm clock. He/she/it sits amongst my other cubicle decorations: two Kid Robot Munny dolls, Wowwee Chatterbot (I like bulldogs), and skull Pez dispenser. You can choose from three models with varying colors. The one I have is $48. I like the squatty looking one. It’s an alarm clock robot with moving legs, arms and head. That is all. Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Japanese research institute showcases one ugly and one cute robot

    Japan’s NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) is also present at CEATEC 2008 and two of their robots caught my eye, apparently integral elements of their “CareBots Project”. The one you see on the left in the picture above is called Infanoid and is a humanoid that is supposed to resemble a 3-4 year old child (seriously). Infanoid features a… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Murata Girl unicycle robot in action (video)

    The CEATEC 2008 tech/electronics exhibition started today in Chiba (near Tokyo) and as to be expected, the Murata Girl, aka creepy kindergarten robot Little Seiko, turned out to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Today marks the first time Murata, the Tokyo-based company behind the robot, demonstrated its newest product to a larger audience (Japanese video news portal DigInfo kindly provided… Read More

  • Nissan unveils mobile robot that can dodge like a bee

    Nissan Motor, in cooperation with the University of Tokyo, has developed a two-wheeled mobile robot [JP] that can avoid collisions with objects in its path. The French/Japanese car maker said the so-called BR23C employs an avoidance mechanism similar to that of a bee (which avoids collisions even when flying with other bees in a swarm). The technology is being developed to prevent car… Read More

  • Little Seiko: Japanese company develops creepy kindergarten girl robot

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    Tokyo-based electronics company Murata yesterday unveiled a small humanoid robot [JP] that can unicycle forward and backward and is also able to stop without falling over. And it looks creepy to me. The company introduced the female humanoid, which is supposed to resemble a kindergarten girl (!), as an alternative to their flag ship robot Murata Boy (the… Read More

  • WTF weekend edition: Robot Rabbit

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    Apparently, the robot is designed to inform plant owners that the plants are being watered by a pump. It’s called art and no, you are not supposed to get it. Robot Rabbit @ ARS Electronica Festival 2008 via MAKE Read More

  • The Dog Wan robot will watch, assist and nurse you

    About three months ago, I blogged an ugly and clumsy robotic dog a Japanese company demonstrated to the press in this country as a prototype. But now, after about 4 months in development, said robot is not only technically ready but it also made a leap forward in terms of cuteness. Osaka-based Daisen Denshi Kogyo [JP] named its creation Dog Wan (“Wan” means bow-wow in Japanese but… Read More

  • (Robot) BEAR to the rescue

    This is where it all began. Remember that. When the robot overlords are eating our children and grinding the rest of us into slurry, it will be all because of how robots are treated in the next century. This is nothing new; we all know it is coming. Humans build robots, robots take over, children get eaten. Hell, it’s even in the bible. Look it up. At the recent Taipei International… Read More

  • Video: Make your own talking robot

    Like the Twitter reading robot before it, this DIY little guy, which looks like the TV character that says “Oh, no!” a lot (the name escapes me), sorta makes you say, “Now why would I ever make that?” I couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that if you’re savvy enough to know what API stands for, you’re probably savvy enough to build one of your… Read More

  • Robot hands over apple to Intel

    A new approach to robotic sensing and grasping was demoed at IDF by Joshua Smith, Principal Research Intel, Seattle. Using Electric Field Pre-touch, the same sensing used by some species of fish, the robot arm tracked an apple that was moved around in front of it. An awesome synthesized voice repeatedly proclaimed, “Where is it?”
    “Where is it?”
    “Where is it?” Read More

  • Japan wants more robot research, sells source code for humanoids


    ZMP, the world’s first venture company focusing on robot technology and – of course – based in Tokyo, is selling the source code [JP] for nuvo, one of its best-selling robots. The humanoid was unveiled in 2004 and ZMP says it’s the first robot for home use. The company’s aim is to establish a research community centered on the findings derived from doing… Read More

  • Sega Toys presents a new robot animal, the dream hamster

    Following robot cats, baby biddies and scary big dogs, Sega Toys now announced [JP, PDF] they will start selling a robotic hamster starting August 8th. The company plans to produce no less than 100,000 units yearly. Sega Toys says their main target group are not kids, but females between 20 and 40 years old (at least in Japan). Dubbed Yume Hamusutaa (Dream Hamster), the robot will start… Read More

  • Sega Toys/Hasbro won't give us their music robot A.M.P. anytime soon, it seems

    Sega Toys in Japan seems to have postponed the release of the “Automated Music Personality” robot A.M.P. for an unknown time period. Apparently, potential buyers in the US, where Hasbro will be responsible for marketing the robot, are affected as well. The A.M.P. was originally slated for release in October in the US and one month later in Japan. Japanese buyers will not be able… Read More

  • Creepy Japanese fembot promotes suntan lotion on TV

    This week, Osaka-based healthcare company Kincho released [JP] a new commercial for their “Preshower” sunscreen, which currently airs on Japanese TV. I have no idea why but the ad stars Actroid DER-2, a humanoid robot made by Kokoro-Dreams [JP]. Tagline: “Also recommended by androids – Preshower is good for your skin!”. The picture above shows the fembot… Read More

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