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Japanese Robots: The Week in Japanese Robot Videos (TripleBackFlip Bot, Denso, and Kirobo)

Japanese Robots: The Week in Japanese Robot Videos (TripleBackFlip Bot, Denso, and Kirobo) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Gymnast robot celebrates Tokyo’s successful 2020 Olympic bid with a triple backflip off the bar, and back onto the bar, industrial robots play with racecars, and a monolingual mini-humanoid speaks the first robotic words from the International Space Station. Three J-robots in under 4 minutes!

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Japanese Robots: Humble Thumbwar gets Robotic Japanification from Takara Tomy

Japanese Robots: Humble Thumbwar gets Robotic Japanification from Takara Tomy | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Robot toys are important, and our weekly Japanese Robots feature can’t always be super serious; occasionally it’s robot art, or giant J-robots' impact on the movies, and sometimes it’s a plastic puppet bringing thumb wars into the modern age. Diverse are budding roboticists’ inspirations!

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The Resident: Drone Pilots Are Anti-Drone

A new report by Air Force Colonel Bradley Hoagland indicates that the US is having trouble recruiting volunteers for the drone pilot program. The report poin...


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Reno J. Tibke's insight:

Drone "pilots." That's an important word here.
And an excellent segue into starting a nomenclatural geekfight. Here goes:

Drones, while they have some autonomous robotic features, are not in and of themselves robots. No more than like, you know, commercialy available cars - complete with cruise control and automatic windshield wipers and auto-dimming headlights. If current military drones, those in use - not the U.S. Air Force's & U.S. Navy's research platforms, if those are robots with pilots, then so is a Toyota Corolla.


So where's the distinction?

Probably this:

"Killer Robots Watching and Raining Death from Above"
[click, click, click, click, click..., reshare, click, Like, Tweet]

Disingenuous hyperbole sure does get the pageviews, and the ajournalistic bandwaggony rhetoric is likely to continue, but it's irresponsible, misleading, and inaccurate - and should be called out and made fun of at every possible juncture.


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Japanese Robots: iREX 2013 Primer - Japan's International Robot Exhibition

Japanese Robots: iREX 2013 Primer - Japan's International Robot Exhibition | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

The Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun are gearing up to host the 20th bi-ennial iREX International Robot Exhibition here in Tokyo. This is Japan’s Big Show, and naturally, AkihabaraNews is going to be all over it - here’s a bit of what to expect:

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Japanese Robots: Cyberdyne's Taking HAL to Europe!

Japanese Robots: Cyberdyne's Taking HAL to Europe! | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

For nearly a decade, various iterations ofCyberdyne’s Inc.’s HAL suit have been paraded around as the next big thing in exoskeletal human force amplification and/or rehabilitation. Sure, hundreds have been deployed. In Japan. Only. But now, HAL’s going to Europe!

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Wall-E Built to Scale & Fully Roboticized (Complete with Disney Eyes)

Wall-E Built to Scale & Fully Roboticized (Complete with Disney Eyes) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Obsession with a fictional character can be a sign of psychosis, but, if you’re obsessed with an emergently self-aware and emotive post-apocalyptic cleanup robot from a Pixar film - enough to build one - you totally get a pass on that diagnosis.

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Okay, Trask Industries, We're Infected - What's a Sentinel Robot? (VIDEO)

Okay, Trask Industries, We're Infected - What's a Sentinel Robot? (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Taking a lesson from the very successful campaigns of films like District 9 and Prometheus, Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has hit the internets with a slick, sincere Trask Industries website.
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Japanese Robots: Toyota's 5 Year-Old "Winglet" Begins Practical Testing (and it's SO not a robot)

Japanese Robots: Toyota's 5 Year-Old "Winglet" Begins Practical Testing (and it's SO not a robot) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Introduced way back in 2008, seven years after the Segway, Toyota's Winglet finally got to come out and play last week; practical trials are underway. Like the Segway (pretty much exactly), it’s a single rider, self-balancing mobility device. Toyota calls it a robot. Yeah... No. 

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In Memoriam, Kanako Miura (Japanese Version – 日本語のバージョン) 追悼: 人型ロボット開発の世界的パイオニア・三浦郁奈子さんがボストン市内で交通事故のため死亡

In Memoriam, Kanako Miura (Japanese Version – 日本語のバージョン) 追悼: 人型ロボット開発の世界的パイオニア・三浦郁奈子さんがボストン市内で交通事故のため死亡 | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
5月19日15時30分頃アメリカ・マサチューセッツ州のボストン近郊で、ロボット開発に多大な功績を残した三浦郁奈子さんが、自転車での走行中に大型トラックと接触した交通事故が原因で亡くなりました。36歳という若さでした。
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Japanese Robots: Did Sagawa Electronics’ Power Jacket MK3 Rip-Off Team Skeletonics? « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: Did Sagawa Electronics’ Power Jacket MK3 Rip-Off Team Skeletonics? « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Sagawa Electronics’ new human exoskeleton, the much publicized Power Jacket MK3, just might have gone too far with that whole sincerest form of flattery thing. The imitative compliment they’re paying Team Skeletonics, an earlier-on-the-scene maker, isn’t exactly welcome.
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Japanese Robots: Kids’ Summer School for Robotics & Engineering « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: Kids’ Summer School for Robotics & Engineering « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

A dedicated organization with a few dedicated staff is bringing robotics and engineering education to a part of Japan that’s about as rural as the hyper-densely populated country gets. The NPO Hito Project’s robotics courses are prepping kids for the robotics revolution!

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Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Motoman Opens Shop in China; Shudder the Labor Market? « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Motoman Opens Shop in China; Shudder the Labor Market? « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Of planet Earth’s estimated 1,240,000 operational industrial robots, about 230,000 were made in Japan and sold around the world by Yaskawa Motoman. Earlier this week, they opened their first overseas factory in China, which means that the Chinese are building robots for the Japanese in China to sell to China. It’s totally meta.

 

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Japanese Robots: Honda’s High-Access Survey Robot Goes to Work in Fukushima. Finally Some Action for (parts of) ASIMO! « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: Honda’s High-Access Survey Robot Goes to Work in Fukushima. Finally Some Action for (parts of) ASIMO! « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

The first signs of trouble at Fukushima were quickly followed by expectations of an action-ready ASIMO leaping to the rescue. Honda’s humanoid remains far from able, but their new High-Access Survey Robot is on the job, and of some consolation: it’s got ASIMO parts.

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It's the thought that counts

It's the thought that counts | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Artificial minds are muscling into everything, hook, line and thinker.


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China Is Building an Army of Robotics : Video Blow Your Mind

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence : How Robots Will Change Society In The Next Decade China is making advancement in every field science,technology, robot...

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Japanese Robots: Unboxing SCHAFT’s DRC Competition (VIDEO)

Japanese Robots: Unboxing SCHAFT’s DRC Competition (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Ohhh boy, an unboxing video that’s not just filler, but 500% justifiable. The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) trials are still 3.5 months away, but Japan’s SCHAFT, and every other Track A team, have to be wondering if they can hope to compete with the contents of that shiny bag.

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Les robots japonais : Cyberdyne amène HAL en Europe !

Les robots japonais : Cyberdyne amène HAL en Europe ! | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Durant ces dix dernières années, différentes itérations du HAL de Cyberdyne Inc. ont été montrées comme étant le futur des exosquelettes d’amplification de la force et/ou de réhabilitation. Bien entendu, il y en a des centaines au Japon. Seulement. Mais désormais, HAL arrive en Europe !

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit: World's Best Robotics Education Tool?

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit: World's Best Robotics Education Tool? | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit, Lego is at the top of educational, DIY, and plain old fun robot building.MINDSTORMS EV3 is coming, and the robo-geekosphere is buzzing. And whirring.

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Japanese Robots: ISO Assistive Robotics Tech Standards to be Based on Japan's

Japanese Robots: ISO Assistive Robotics Tech Standards to be Based on Japan's | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has decided to adopt Japanese standards for assistive robotics tech. Developers in Japan, the vanguard of a potentially global industry, got their deserved props, and they can now look toward overseas expansion and competition. #JAPAN #ROBOT #ISO #ASSISTIVEROBOTS 

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Homemade Kit Robots Fighting in Korea!

Homemade Kit Robots Fighting in Korea! | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
This overlooked gem is a few months old, but we’re pretty sure more people need to see it, just because, you know, because fighting robots!
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MVP robots don't need to be robots | Steve Blank

MVP robots don't need to be robots | Steve Blank | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
A minimum viable product (MVP) is not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief. Drones over the Heartland I ran...

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One of several current robot startups who are getting customers right now for a product that isn't really robotic. But they're getting customers, learning the market and will be able to support the costs of developing their next robotic product. MVP. It works.

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Japanese Robots: The Seemingly Least Cool Robotics Story of July is a Must-Read! « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: The Seemingly Least Cool Robotics Story of July is a Must-Read! « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Cleaning robots don’t grab headlines – what with the DARPA Robotics Challenge, NASA’s nuclear powered dunebuggy on Mars, exoskeleton intrigue, ASIMO’s new training, etc. What those fancy robots don’t have, however, is a current and growing presence in our homes. A recent Japanese survey breaks down some interesting data:

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Japanese Robots: ASIMO Gets a Taste of Human Nature; Media Forgets How to Journalism « Akihabara News

Japanese Robots: ASIMO Gets a Taste of Human Nature; Media Forgets How to Journalism « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Honda bills ASIMO as the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, and in many ways, he totally is. He’s sort of an ambassador for all robots, and people love the super-tech, friendly looking little machine. But, people also love to watch a train wreck, so much so, they’ll make one up.

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5 Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter (Video) | Singularity Hub

5 Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter (Video) | Singularity Hub | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

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Tool Fabrication Robot

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Cheetah-Cub, a Swiss Cat that Runs Like a Robot. No, wait… « Akihabara News

Cheetah-Cub, a Swiss Cat that Runs Like a Robot. No, wait… « Akihabara News | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Ahhh, Switzerland. Not only Europe’s centralized hub for chocolate, cheese, watches, banking, and international apolitical neutrality (so lucky), the nation also boasts two of the finest science and engineering schools on the planet. Naturally, that begets robots, and on Monday, the EPFL begat a cat: the Cheetah-Cub.

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