Coffee afficionados who want a bit more automation in their morning java routine will soon have the opportunity to experience the sort of caffeinated bliss that only robots can provide at the Henna Cafe ("Strange Cafe"), a tiny coffee kiosk on the 1st floor of the Shibuya MODI shopping center in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to BEEP BOOP.
Patrons who've always wanted to lounge in a throne like a space-dictator will soon have the opportunity to do so thanks to a new collaboration at Eizo Izakaya Robo Kichi ("Mind's Eye Image Tavern Robo Base"), a mecha-themed eatery in Nishi-Ikebukuro. Hit the jump to learn more.
In November of 2017, a new pub / eatery is opening in Nishi-Ikebukuro that seeks to give patrons the experience of work-weary mecha pilots meeting at a secret base to knock back a few drinks and share war stories. Hit the jump to learn more.
Just in time for the CEATEC 2017 technology trade show, Bandai Namco, IBM Japan, and VAIO have joined forces to develop and exhibit a prototype communications robot based on the Haro mascot character from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Hit the jump to learn more.
The robot doubles have arrived. Watch as actress Tetsuko Kuroyanagi meets "totto," her robot double created with 3D scans and voice samples. What's the deal? Figure it out with us after the jump.
It looks like Pepper - a companionship robot developed in 2014 by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank - may be assuming an unexpected role at some point in the future: that of the "touji", or "officiating monk", in order to chant Buddhist sutras at Japanese funeral services. Hit the jump to learn more.
Could we be living life from the comfort of our own home soon? A new technology called "telexistence" aims to make it possible. The tech would enable people to shop and travel without leaving home, and could eventually be used for remote medical visits. Hit the jump to find out more!
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.