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Baxter the Soft Industrial Robot Gets Japanese Distribution

Baxter the Soft Industrial Robot Gets Japanese Distribution | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Rethink Robotics, maker of the Baxter industrial & manufacturing robot, has signed an exclusive deal with Nihon Binary to distribute the machine here in Japan. For now it’s just the research version, but it clearly opens the door for more.

#ROBOT #JAPAN #BAXTER

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Team Skeletonics at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 (GALLERY)

Team Skeletonics at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 (GALLERY) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

In addition to our exclusive close-up footage of Team Skeletonics' human-powered exoskeleton, luckily we also collected a few wide angle and close-up stills. Yeah, we've kinda been fawning over Skeletonics of late. But for good reason: you won't believe what they're working on.

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REMINDER: iREX International Robot Exhibition Starts Tomorrow!

REMINDER: iREX International Robot Exhibition Starts Tomorrow! | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
The Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun will open the 20th bi-ennial iREX International Robot Exhibition here in Tokyo tomorrow morning. This is Japan’s, perhaps the entire planet's premier robotics extravaganza.
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Government agencies invest $38 million in human-friendly robots

Government agencies invest $38 million in human-friendly robots | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Robots that learn from the cloud, aid parkinson’s patients and contribute to science will benefit from the funding.

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Japanese Exoskeleton Update: Does Team Skeletonics have New Gear? (VIDEO)

Japanese Exoskeleton Update: Does Team Skeletonics have New Gear? (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it's pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

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Japanese Robots: ASIMO's Nemesis Grows Stronger; Will Honda Respond? (VIDEO)

Japanese Robots: ASIMO's Nemesis Grows Stronger; Will Honda Respond? (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies.

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VIDEO: NoodleBot at CEATEC 2013 - Robots & Noodles are Natural Together, Right?

VIDEO: NoodleBot at CEATEC 2013 - Robots & Noodles are Natural Together, Right? | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Instant noodles, Top Ramen in particular, are perhaps best known as a symbol of the struggling college student, the underemployed and/or lazy bachelor, or simply the food of last resort - but not in Japan. Here there’s a clear, unabashed romance between Cup Noodles and robots. 

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Open Hand Project: Who Wants a Robotic, 3D Printed, Open-Source, Sub-$1000 Prosthetic Hand?

Open Hand Project: Who Wants a Robotic, 3D Printed, Open-Source, Sub-$1000 Prosthetic Hand? | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

Silly question. Even if you’ve got two fleshy ones that work, who doesn’t want a robotic, 3D printed, open-source, crowd-funded, sub-$1000 prosthetic hand? British roboticist Joel Gibbard’s Open Hand Project has a working prototype, a plan, and plenty of motivation. Sayonara, hook hand prosthetic thingy!

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Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Electric, Traditionally Industrial, Goes Consumer Assistive

Japanese Robots: Yaskawa Electric, Traditionally Industrial, Goes Consumer Assistive | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

What with the card dealing, cooking, and golfing, Yaskawa Electric’s heavily YouTubed Motoman industrial robots have plenty of name, and now, with a pair of robo-rehab machines, the company’s taking its Human Assist agenda public; another player joins Japan’s assistive robotics gold rush.

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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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iDiots: Japanese Toy Robots Animated to Make Fun of Us

iDiots: Japanese Toy Robots Animated to Make Fun of Us | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Big Lazy Robot's newest video, in really the nicest way, animates some Japanese robots to make fun of our smartphone technolust.#JAPAN #ROBOTS #BIGLAZYROBOT 
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Japanese Robots: Industrial Robotics Sampler from iREX 2013 (VIDEO)

Japanese Robots: Industrial Robotics Sampler from iREX 2013 (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

A brief compilation of six industrial robots getting their demo on yesterday at iREX. They're all amazing, but the precision and power of the big ones - when you're stanging right next to them - it's just awesome.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: How to Ride Your Giant Exoskeleton, by Team Skeletonics (at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013)

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: How to Ride Your Giant Exoskeleton, by Team Skeletonics (at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Getting in/on, Demoing, and Getting out of a Team Skeletonics Exoskeletal Suit(in a pretty small room)Over the weekend we visited a conceptual capital, a Mecca of sorts, of super-powered, executive-level Japanese geekdom: Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013.
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Japanese Robots: Gymnast-Bot Nails Kovacs to Triple Backflip

Japanese Robots: Gymnast-Bot Nails Kovacs to Triple Backflip | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

There’s no shortage of attention for the horizontal bar gymnastics robot videos from YouTube user "hinamitetu," and yesterday, a new milestone: once again, in what looks like mom’s cluttered basement or garage, the gymnast-bot impresses with a super difficult Kovacs to triple backflip - stuck the landing, of course.

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Mechs & Robots: if "Keloid" were a movie, Japan would buy tickets. Hint. Hint. (VIDEO)

Mechs & Robots: if "Keloid" were a movie, Japan would buy tickets. Hint. Hint. (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

With robots and mechs Japanese designers would love, and hints of a good story, Keloid is a cruel tease of a trailer. British newscasters, robots speaking Russian, all made by a Spanish effects studio; look, can someone, somewhere just go ahead and give these guys movie money already?

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Japanese Robots: Honda's UNI-CUB with a Civilian, a Smartphone, an Escape, and a Lesson (VIDEO)

Japanese Robots: Honda's UNI-CUB with a Civilian, a Smartphone, an Escape, and a Lesson (VIDEO) | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

In its 18 public months, Honda’s semi-robotic UNI-CUB personal mobility device hasn’t seen a lot of the spotlight, but that might be changing; last week, here in Tokyo, we managed to capture some raw footage of a UNI-CUB test ride, smartphone control, and a rolling departure (VIDEO).

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Honda Motor Europe - ASIMO was promoting science in Slovakia

Honda Motor Europe - ASIMO was promoting science in Slovakia | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
ASIMO is back again.  He has traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia to attend European Researchers' Night to help give inspiration to the country's next generation of scientists and engineers.
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Japanese Robots: Argo's ReWalk Exoskeleton Gets a Pile of Yaskawa Robot Money

Japanese Robots: Argo's ReWalk Exoskeleton Gets a Pile of Yaskawa Robot Money | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it

“Yes hello, this is Yaskawa again - Konnichiwa! Yeah so, our assistive robotics stuff already got coverage this month, but we also just sealed a deal to finance, further develop, and distribute life-changing robotic prosthetics from Israel, so like, you know, just sharing news and stuff.” You’ve been busy, Yaskawa.  #JAPAN #ROBOTS #YASKAWA #REWALK #EXOSKELETON

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Some other benefits of using the re walk is that effects the bone density. It helps decrease body fat. It helps with decreasing the pain one may have. Using the rewalk helps solve problems a lot of people have in wheelchairs. 

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The rewalk is numbering the days of wheel chairs. As technology improves the rewalk could be used for just about anyone that still has control over their arms to help them keep balance. By using this technology it could even cause a cure for some people.

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Mitsubishi’s Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation – Plastics News : Global Plastics Industry News for India, Asia, Europe & US

Mitsubishi’s Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation – Plastics News : Global Plastics Industry News for India, Asia, Europe & US | AI, NBI, Robotics & Cybernetics & Android Stuff | Scoop.it
Mitsubishi has released the latest in a series of vertical-axis robots that are designed to perform particularly dexterous and complex tasks formerly operated...

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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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