Japan's NHK has developed a subtly robotic virtual reality interface (that actually virtualizes the non-real), and Honda has released 100 of it's subtly robotic assistive devices into Japanese medical institutions; Subtle robotics moves, exciting robotics potential.
Absent the Japanese, would humans have come up with giant driveable robots anyway? Yeah – totally. But in this universe, Japan did – so viewers of Pacific Rim, know that the film is standing on some big, beefy, giant Japanesey robotic shoulders.
In 2006, to refocus and save cash, Sony canceled two of the most advanced robotics projects in history. Then we got 46 new VAIO models and an updated PSP that 4 people bought and they lost billions anyway.
A plurality of the world's industrial robots are located in Japan - robots replaced a human labor force and then the humans got different, better, safer jobs, and all the anti-robot naysaying economists from the 60s & 70s got season passes to the All-Crow Buffet in heaven.
One could reasonably assume Japan’s impressive array of supertech humanoid robots would swarm the inspired-by-Fukushima DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), but Tokyo University spin-off SCHAFT Robotics is it. DARPA’s militariness and Japan’s Peace Constitution complicate. Oh, and way-overblown gee-whiz coverage of the DRC isn’t helping.
Honda’s Walking Assist with Stride Management: Coming to a Hospital Near You!If, that is, you’re connected to one of 50 Japanese medical institutions now testing and evaluating a pair of the semi-robotic exoskeletal assistive devices.
Freaky Light-Controlled Gels Could Be the Real Future of Robotics Gizmodo There's a branch of robotics research that doesn't necessarily believe that future automatons have to be filled with pistons, gears, and motors.
Fourteen years from now, when Japan’s magnetically levitated, approx. 300MPH/482KPH Chuō Shinkansen comes online, it’ll be among the world’s coolest people movers – maybe even top of the list. And the world’s most fantastic train should have equally fantastic train stations, yeah?
Japan’s yearly Golden Week, a 10-day stretch of spring garnished with national holidays, tends to shut down almost every industry save tourism & travel. Of course this includes J-robotics movers and shakers, so in this week’s feature we’re going straight-up international fiction and presenting 2013’s best robot-related short flicks to date.
While it's 500% justified to make fun of a stimuli-responsive robotic ass or other novel projects from Japan, far too often we neglect to circle back around and present the actual merits and practical applications of the so-called "Creepy Japanese Robots." Not this time!