It looks like a battle of the bots is shaping up for the year 2016, because Suidobashi Heavy Industry has accepted Megabots Inc.'s challenge to a duel. Hit the jump to check it out.
A clever Japanese artist known as HYdeJII has created a robot painter named Mr. Head by transforming a vacuum cleaning machine into a creator of abstract art in acrylic on canvas. Hit the jump to check out Mr. Head's work.
Hold on to your Energon cubes, because two Tokyo-based companies are developing a transforming car robot which they hope to have complete by 2017. Hit the jump to learn the details.
Can an industrial robot be trained to slice with a samurai sword as well as a martial arts master? Hit the jump to find out.
DeNA is branching out from e-commerce websites and mobile games into new and unexpected directions, specifically the development of robot taxis designed to serve the transportation needs of visitors for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Survey data collected from Japanese middle school students at the May 12 - 15 "Robot and Me" event suggests a rocky future for human / robot romantic relations. Or does it? Hit the jump to learn more.
Visitors to the Japan Pavillion at the Cannes Film Festival will have a chance to interact with a very unusual guest: Asuna, a life-like android created by Takeshi Mita of A-Lab. Hit the jump to see Asuna in action.
Last month Toshiba debuted its Chihira Aico robot as a guest receptionist in a Tokyo department store, and the results are about what you'd expect. Hit the jump to descend into the "uncanny valley".
100 guests will be able to witness robots Froisurobo and Roborin joined together in holy matrimony at a performance art event in Aoyama in June of 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
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.