Creating a real ghost in the shell

Yasuo Kuniyoshi is a man with an extraordinary plan. Kuniyoshi, a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, has been attempting to produce an utt...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment

Deep Learning’s Rise Leaves Japan Playing AI Catchup

Japan joined the artificial intelligence race late. It was not until the mid-1980s, three decades later than countries like the United States, that researchers began pondering the idea of thinking ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 0 comments

Snake-like robot that can climb stairs unveiled at university in Tokyo

A snake-like robot that is capable of scaling and descending steep steps has been developed by a group that includes The University of Electro-Communications (UEC) in Tokyo, it has been learned.


posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment

ProPilot chair: The Solution to Standing in Lines - Sitting

The ProPILOT Chair was developed based on Nissan’s autonomous driving tech, and its appearance at cuud is a temporary one meant to give people a chance to experience the technology behind it.

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Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'

Most people look for a place to hide when a typhoon is on the horizon, but Atsushi Shimizu hopes that the fury of nature may one day help resource-poor Japan tackle its energy woes. The Tokyo-based...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment

Can drones be used for surveillance in Japanese suburbs?

While the crime rates in Japan are not that high, there are some crimes that happen in suburban Japan. The incidents taking place around unused land are particularly hard to track, due to the lack ...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 year, 9 months ago | 1 comment

A Robotic Arm with a Sense of Touch

Humans can pick up soft or small objects with ease, but that is not the case for robots, which have difficulty replicating the delicate movements of the human hand. When they do not know how strong...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 9 months ago | 2 comments

Japanese scientists often win IgNobel prizes

Are banana peels really slippery?

Is it possible to extract vanilla fragrance from cow dung?

The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for study into these kinds of amusing topics. Since 1991, the US publisher...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 10 months ago | 1 comment

Japan’s labor-scarce building sites automating, turning to robots, drones

Construction sites in Japan are enjoying a wave of automation amid an increasing shortage of laborers, with the introduction of robots to do heavy lifting and drones that instantly collect aerial d...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 10 months ago | 2 comments

Japan takes a big step toward widespread drone delivery service

Japan, perhaps more than any nation on Earth, has a deep history with autonomous drones. Its companies have been using them for decades to assist with agriculture, infrastructure inspection, and co...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 10 months ago | 1 comment


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