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.
Sharp Corporation is developing a cute bidepedal robot called "RoBoHon" that doubles as a smart phone. Hit the jump to check it out.
Hitachi, a multinational corporation based in Tokyo, is developing a two-armed robot designed to be able to work as a picker in a warehouse setting. Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese researchers continue to take steps toward ushering in the inevitable Robot Apocalypse, this time with an advanced companionship android called "Erica" that's capable of responding to human conversation in real time. Hit the jump to check it out.
A Japanese inventor by the name of Kota Yamada has created a pair of humanoid robots for Maker Faire Tokyo 2015 that tackle a problem that has long perplexed humanity: making pancakes. Hit the jump to see the robot chefs in action.
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.