• Maido-kun: Japan plans to send humanoid to the moon by 2015

    Japan loves robots, we know that much. Last year, the Japanese government announced it plans to to send a robot to the moon by 2020 (that was to be joined by a human astronaut 10 years later). Today, the Osaka-based “Space Oriented Higashiosaka Leading Association” (SOHLA) announced [JP, PDF] a quite similar undertaking: putting a robot on the moon by 2015. Read More

  • Meet the robot enforcer: The Husqvarna DXR 310 demolition robot

    I for one welcome our new robot overlords.. And I have the sinking feeling that this particular robot will be the enforcer of the group. It’s a damn good thing that the Cylons didn’t have one of these, or it would have just chewed through the side of the Galactica and made for a very short series. Read More

  • This robot appendage could dismantle you before you had a chance to scream

    This is a great demonstration of the speed and precision with which things like car factory robots can manipulate things. Remember those arms that were throwing a baseball back and forth? Throw in a little human interference and this is what you get. Read More

  • Video: Meet AILA, a fembot made in Germany

    It seems not only Japan, but also Germany is capable of producing super-advanced humanoids. Case in point: AILA, a fembot [GER] developed at the Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI/German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence). AILA, in her current form, stands 170cm tall. There are 22 joints in her body, a 3D camera, two laser range finders, six wheels shes… Read More

  • Videos: Tower robot Tsutenkaku conquers Akihabara, meets Asimo

    Remember Tsutenkaku, “the world’s biggest” robot? Tsutenkaku, basically a 170cm tall robot that looks like a city tower, recently made the journey from Osaka (where he was made and is supposed to attract tourists) from Tokyo. Needless to say, he first went to Akihabara, Tokyo’s robot geek paradise, and while he was there, Tsutenkaku met Honda’s famous humanoid… Read More

  • Videos: See Robovie-R Ver. 3, the robot for the elderly and disabled, in action

    We’ve given you some early information and a first picture of Robovie-R Ver.3 (a robot that’s supposed to make life for older and handicapped people easier) last week. And today, the makers of the robot, major Japanese robot maker Vstone and Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR), made Robovie-R official [JP]. Read More

  • Robovie-R Ver. 3 to make life for the elderly and disabled easier

    Robovie is one of the most famous robot brands in Japan (we last covered the iPod touch-powered robovie mR2 in March), and major Japanese robot maker Vstone‘s flagship series is to get a significant upgrade soon. Just like the mR2, this new model, the Robovie-R Ver.3, was jointly developed by Vstone and Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR). Read More

  • Meet ISAMARO, Japan's newest humanoid

    Japan must have a solid number of customers willing to pay a ton of money for home-use robots, because otherwise there wouldn’t be so many of them actually available for end users like you and me. Take ISAMARO [JP], for example, a new humanoid that hasn’t been build for demo purposes, research etc. but for people who actually want to use him. Read More

  • Happy National Robotics Week!

    Happy National Robotics Week everyone! Have you hugged your robot today? I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords! Did I say overlords? I meant protectors. Read More