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.
The immortal phrase “talk to the hand” takes on new meaning as Japanese researchers have painstakingly developed robotic rings that mimic human eye and mouth movements. Is this a bold new step towards a grand technological future, or just a colossal waste of time and resources? Watch the video and DECIDE after the jump!
Humanoid robot maker Hajime Sakamoto of Hajime Research Institute isn't happy with the 1/1 scale Gundam. It's just a statue. Nor is he satisfied with the 2-meter No.33 he built in 2009. It's just "large." He's now working on a 4-meter mobile suit complete with cockpit, on his way to Gundam's 18 meters. More after the jump.
35-foot-long robot snake Titanoboa recently met up with Mondo Spider, a 1,700 pound mechanical arachnid that carries people around at the Burning Man festival. Check out the meeting of the true life giant robots after the jump.
Honda Motor Corps. has given their famous robot ASIMO a major upgrade: the little guy is smarter, faster, and more capable of reacting to the world around him. Best of all, he can POUR DRINKS! Check out an impressive demo video after the jump!
The station square area in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district is often used as a stage for the launching of wacky publicity campaigns. Still, it’s not every day a giant gold robot makes an appearance…