• Video: Meet Myon, Germany's latest humanoid robot

    Germany has churned out the one or the other humanoid in recent months, but Myon might actually be the coolest deutsche robot out there. The little guy stands 125cm tall and weighs 15kg. He was designed by Cologne-based design studio frackenpohl poulheim [GER] and developed at Berlin’s Humboldt University as part of the European ALEAR (Artificial Language Evolution on Autonomous… Read More

  • Video gallery: Hitachi's humanoid robot EMIEW2 in action

    Hitachi has recently shown a new version of its humanoid robot EMIEW2 (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate2), which can scoot around on broken ground (the robot handles bumps that are up to 1.5cm high), recognize and distinguish between different human voices and converse with people. Read More

  • TOPIO Dio: Meet Vietnam's first service robot

    Tosy (warning: the site takes a long time to load), Vietnam’s first – and only – robot venture, has been flying under the radar since the debut of TOPIO, their table tennis-playing humanoid, in 2007. The company was established as early as 2002 and has been mainly manufacturing toy robots since. But it seems as if their first “life-sized” service robot, dubbed… Read More

  • Video gallery: Chiba Institute Of Technology's awesome robots

    Like many Japanese institutions of higher education, the Chiba Institute Of Technology boasts a faculty or laboratory, which conducts research on nothing but robots. This particular institute’s Department of Advanced Robotics [JP] has been pretty much flying under the radar in recent years, but the department opened a very interesting YouTube channel recently. And some of the robots… Read More

  • M3-Kindy and Noby: Japan gets two scary kid robots (video)

    Remember M3-neony and M3-synchy, two humanoid robots from Japan we’ve shown you back in March? Well, it seems Japan still doesn’t have enough of creepy kid-like robots, as the so-called JST Erato Asada Project in Osaka today unveiled [JP] another two: M3-Kindy and Noby. Read More

  • Videos: Soccer-playing robot

    Building robots capable of playing soccer – that’s apparently very hard to pull off, as shown several times in the past. But this new robot, the RoboErectus Jr., is different. Developed at the Robotics Center of Singapore Polytechnic, he looks like he’s a little small, but his moves are pretty cool. Read More

  • Carnaby: Pioneer's very special car navigation mini robot (videos)

    What do you get when you cross a car navigation system with a wacky mini robot? You get Carnaby [JP], a very special piece of hardware developed by Pioneer and robot venture iXs. The in-car robot may look weird, but it actually serves a good purpose: it makes car navigation systems more accessible for the elderly and those with hearing disabilities. Read More

  • Pictures and video: Robotic exoskeleton HAL-5 up and close

    I had the chance to attend a TED event last weekend, namely the TedxTokyo conference, which took place for the second time in Japan. And as CrunchGear’s Japan correspondent, I was naturally most interested in the geekiest presentation delivered: that of Professor Sankai from Tsukuba University (near Tokyo). (The video was of the presentation was uploaded just a few hours ago, which is why… Read More

  • Robocalypse Now: Toy-sized combat robot fires "pyrophoric warheads"

    I’m torn here. Not literally torn, as I expect to be when the robots take over and my body is used for spare parts, but morally torn. On one hand, here we have a little robot that could venture into dangerous situations via remote control and detonate bombs or flush out enemy dudes. Could save lives. On the other hand, here we have a little robot that, given the spark of strong AI… Read More

  • Videos: Mini robot performing a perfect back flip

    Most of the robots out there have one common problem: They can only move in a slow, mechanical and chopping motion. In other words, the vast majority of robots lacks “elegance” and basic maneuverability. But not so this unnamed, fan made mini robot from Japan. Read More

  • Robot "I-Fairy" leads nuptials at wedding in Japan (videos)

    We all knew this day would come eventually, and that day was yesterday: a robot called I-Fairy conducted a wedding, an official one. Needless to say that the wedding took place in Tokyo and that the robotic wedding conductor is the brain child of a Japanese robot company called Kokoro. Read More

  • Videos: Toyota’s amazing violin-playing robot

    Toyota has never been known as an auto maker that’s really active in the robotics area (as opposed to Honda, for example), at least when it comes to producing robots with high show value. There are two exceptions though: one is Winglet, the Segway-like robotic vehicle Toyota showed in 2008, and the other is a violin-playing humanoid that made its debut back in 2007. Read More

  • Video: Fujitsu's care bear robot in action

    Last month, we’ve shown you a teddy bear robot that’s made by Fujitsu and looked pretty cute – on pictures. But now, after seeing a video (embedded below) of the bear actually “communicating” with a human, I’m not so sure anymore if it’s really a good idea to use this to entertain elderly or younger people (the robot’s target group). Read More

  • Video: Meet LOLA, Germany's newest (and very tall) fembot

    Remember AILA, the “female” humanoid we’ve blogged about two weeks ago? It turns out that wasn’t the only fembot that has been in development in Germany in the last few years, as LOLA [GER], a humanoid presented by the Technical University of Munich and the Institute of Technology Autonomous Systems in Munich, shows. Read More

  • Video: Robovie-R Ver. 3 to start supporting the elderly in November

    The Robovie-R Ver.3, an advanced service humanoid jointly made by major Japanese robot maker Vstone and Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR), has a lot going for it. The 120cm robot can understand and answer questions, he can serve as a guide for humans (he “walks” at about 2.5km/h), he’s cute, and he’s touch sensitive (through a total… Read More

  • Videos: Watch Japanese soccer robots scoring "spectacular" goals

    Remember the soccer-playing humanoid we’ve shown you Monday? Well, the “RoboCup Japan Open 2010″ [JP] he was taking part in during the last few days ended yesterday, but not before the yet to be named robot showed off his (limited) skills as a goalkeeper. And he faced an (apparently) stronger adversary. Read More

  • Videos: Super-mobile rescue robot Quince

    This is one of the coolest rescue robots I’ve ever seen. Meet Quince, jointly developed by Japan’s International Rescue System Institute, Tohoku University and the Chiba Institute Of Technology. The eight-wheeled robot may not look like much, but it’s actually very impressive when you see it in action. Quince is supposed to help humans during “CBRN”-type… Read More

  • SIGVerse simulates cooperation between humans and robots in virtual space

    Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) has developed SIGVerse, a piece of software that makes it possible to simulate how human beings and “intelligent” robots cooperate in a virtual space. The goal is to assess how robots can be “trained” to better work together with humans one day – without actually having to build robot prototypes in real life. Read More

  • New Japanese soccer robot shows the way to human-less sports is still long

    The “RoboCup Japan Open 2010” [JP] is currently taking place in Osaka, and the world’s biggest robot soccer tournament has attracted 225 teams from all over the world this time. Started in 1997, the official goal of the RoboCup is to have a team of humanoids play and defeat a team comprised of human soccer players during a “real” world soccer cup sometime… Read More

  • Mahru: Meet Korea's awesome dancing humanoid (videos)

    It’s not only Japan, but Korea is developing advanced robots, too. Case in point: Mahru, the dancing humanoid, made by the Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST). And this robot is way more impressive than similar models we’ve seen before. Read More