robot

  • 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

  • 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

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