In yet another clear indication of the impending Robot Apocalypse, Japanese online retailer DMM.com will be taking reservations for various "smart robots" for home use. Expensive novelties, or harbingers of doom? Hit the jump to decide.
Not to be confused with something out of a Masamune Shirow manga, Waseda University and the Kikuchi Corporation have developed a remote-controlled, multi-limbed robot designed for rescue and wreckage clean-up in disaster areas. Hit the jump to learn more.
Hakuhodo Group and Yukai Engineering are developing the iDoll, a tiny robot toy that sings, dances, and tells jokes. Hit the jump to learn more.
What does the sale of 300 humanoid companionship robots entail for the future of humanity? Hit the jump to find out.
This medical robot just wants to envelop patients in a gentle bear hug to aid them in getting out of bed, getting into a wheelchair, or other situations where their mobility is reduced. Hit the jump to learn more.
Move over Robocop, a 100% mecha officer has been deployed to the streets of Kinshasa, the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Developed by Kinshasa Advanced Institute of Applied Techniques, the giant police robot standing in the middle of busy intersections has four cameras, revolving traffic light arms and the Kinshasa police's trademark sunglasses. Get a look over the jump.
Artist and robot fan Scott Park’s new work, “Synthespians,” lines up 66 famous robots - including classic anime mixed in with all the sci-fi goodness. Check out the picture after the jump.
Pacific Rim inches closer to reality as Japan rolls out a robot – complete with drill hand – that even a kid can pilot! YATTAR NEWS has pics and a demo video after the jump!
The Russians were the first to go to Space. The Americans were the first to land on the moon. Japan now aims to be the first country to send a communication astronaut-robot into space. Japan's manga-nurtured love for humanoid robots has lead it to develop a cute, talking Hope-bot, due to be sent from Tanegashima Space Centre to the International Space Station on August first. Get a look after the jump.
Pushing the frontier of non-human musicians, as well as the boundaries corporate sponsored ones, Zima, the engineers of Tokyo University and DJ Tasaka have teamed up to introduce Z-Machine. This week, guitarist Mach, drummer Ashura, and keyboardist Cosmo appeared along side pop duo Amoyamo at the beverage company's "Post People, Post Party" for their first public appearance. Get a look after the jump.
The grade-z film factory known as The Asylum has unleashed their latest plot to steal the thunder from an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster. And it comes in the form of the trailer for their latest production Atlantic Rim where giant robots pummel giant monsters in a manner curiously similar to Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming mecha movie Pacific Rim. Watch after the jump!
In a brief conversation, a bit reminiscent of Morinosuke Kawaguchi's "Why we Japanese love to humanize everything" TED talk form last summer, Geminoid-F maker Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro explains the roots of Japan's love for humanoid robots. Get a look after the jump.
umanoid robot maker Hajime Sakamoto of Hajime Research Institute is in the news again. Back in July, his latest advancement towards building a working giant robot was that his 4 meter model with cockpit had an assembly of the waist with moving legs. The lab is now opening their doors to show off their latest progress towards walking. Get a look after the jump.
At this point, I think I'd be happy to live the rest of my life without seeing another human being dancing Psy's " Gangnam Style." Robots on the other hand still engender some patience. In a new parody video, a squad of Korean Bioloid educational robot kits from Robotis (comparable to Lego MindStorms) dance the ubiquitous horse riding steps. Get a look after the jump.
Japan is well-known for its obsession with robotics and a Japanese hobbyist is taking things to a new level by building fully functiong transforming robots using off the shelf parts. Check out the guy's latest creation after the jump.