Japanese corporations Kodansha, Tezuka Productions, NTT DoCoMo, VAIO, and Fujisoft are all joining forces for the "Atom Project", a weekly subscription service that allows purchasers to build their own personal communciations robot based on the titular character from Osamu Tezuka's classic manga and TV anime, Astro Boy (known as Tetsuwan Atom in Japan). Hit the jump to learn more.
Pepper, a model of companionship robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank, will soon be updating its programming with a brand new suite of features that include such functions as providing multi-lingual tour advice, administering health checks...and ratting out potential shoplifters to the store management. Hit the jump to witness our terrifying dystopic future.
Aldebaran Robotics and Softbank are spreading a little holiday cheer with a humorous video in which a pair of Pepper companionship robots attempt to replicate the "Koi Dance" ("Love Dance"), an upbeat piece of dance choreography originally used to promote the live-action TV drama, Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu. Hit the jump to bust a move.
From manufacturing to trucking, many occupations are being threatened by robots and other automata. Cosplayers might have a little more time before they need to start feeling threatened. This weekend, in time for Akiba Halloween, nine robots with big idol dreams gathered on an Akihabara UDX stage to present a Softbank Pepper recreation of the performance of Love Live!'s μ's. Get a look after the jump.
Sharp Corporation is now accepting online pre-orders in an advance of a May 26, 2016 release date for RoBoHoN, a tiny smart phone / companionship robot with a sizeable price tag. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Android Bazaar and Conference 2016 was held on March 12, 2016, at Aoyama Gakuin University, and the Japanese team of Engadget were on-hand to witness a demonstration of RoBoHoN, Sharp Corporation's upcoming communications robot / smart phone. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Winter Wonder Festival 2016 event has come and gone, and Japanese media site Gigazine was on-site to check out the prototype of the iDoll x Nendoroid Hatsune Miku "communications robot" that was on display there. Hit the jump to catch glimpse of the virtual idol toy in action.
iDoll and Nendoroid have announced that they are combining forces to produce a singing, dancing, palm-sized "communications robot" of Crypton Future Media's virtual idol darling, Hatsune Miku. Hit the jump to learn more.
Humanity's slow but inevitable conquest beneath the cold, steely pincers of our new robot overlords continues with the announcement that the most recent production run of Softbank and Aldebaran Robotic's Pepper companionship robots sold out in one minute. Hit the jump to calculate more.
Isaac's recently discovered the joys of mecha anime, but things weren't always like this! In this week's Aniwords, he traces his journey from fantasy anime fanatic to the robothugging sensibilites that have overtaken his life, and muses on how a the things that help us change over time. Get in the robot, reader, and hit the jump!
Nico Nico user Kairo-shi ("Circuits Master") has uploaded a humorous live-action video depicting the return of "the most useless machine in the world" - a little-sister themed robot that throws a tantrum when her "onii-chan" tries to turn her on with the switch located on top of her head. Hit the jump to check it out.
Pepper, a humanoid companionship robot created by Aldebaran Robotics and Softbank Mobile, was spotted in Ikebukuro in a lovely (and lively) Halloween costume. Hit the jump to trick-or-treat.