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

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.

Th...

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ProPilot chair: The Solution to Standing in Lines - Sitting otakumode.com

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.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 8 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine' phys.org

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 | 8 months, 2 weeks 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 | 8 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


A Robotic Arm with a Sense of Touch www.nippon.com

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 | 8 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments


Japanese scientists often win IgNobel prizes www.nippon.com

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 | 8 months, 3 weeks ago | 1 comment


Japan’s labor-scarce building sites automating, turning to robots, drones www.japantimes.co.jp

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 | 9 months ago | 2 comments


Japan takes a big step toward widespread drone delivery service www.theverge.com

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 | 9 months ago | 1 comment


NTT's VR technology aims to impress at Tokyo Olympics www.asahi.com

Suppose that tennis superstar Kei Nishikori serves to you in virtual reality, or a 3-D image of Mashu Baker, a Rio Olympic gold medalist in judo, appears like magic on a stage and powers into actio...

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


This Factory Robot Learns a New Job Overnight www.technologyreview.com

Inside a modest-looking office building in Tokyo lives an unusually clever industrial robot made by the Japanese company Fanuc. Give the robot a task, like picking widgets out of one box and puttin...

posted by  Yubi | 9 months, 1 week ago | 3 comments

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