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Jun 19, 2015

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after The Associated Press successfully argued to the ...

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Jun 17, 2015

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Nintendo played to “Super Mario” fans Tuesday while talking transformation as it strives to regain momentum in the video game market. “If there is a secret to the longevity of Nintendo franchises, it is transformation,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said during a ...

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

Jun 17, 2015

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction projects. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3-D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge ...

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Jun 16, 2015

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Console kings Microsoft and Sony battled for players’ hearts with blockbuster games and the lure of virtual worlds as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, was poised to begin in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The companies behind Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ...

Tokyo companies begin work on Transformer-like robot

Jun 12, 2015

Tokyo companies begin work on Transformer-like robot

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Two Tokyo-based firms said Friday they have begun developing a transformable robot that can be operated from inside, both as a humanoid robot and a vehicle. Asratec Corp. and Brave Robotics said they plan to complete development of the J-deite Ride in 2017. The ...

Kyocera launches world's biggest floating solar power station

Jun 11, 2015

Kyocera launches world's biggest floating solar power station

Kyocera Corp. started Thursday operating the world’s biggest floating solar power station, a 2.3-megawatt facility in western Japan that will help utilities improve the efficiency of solar-produced electricity. A joint venture led by the Kyoto-based electronics maker opened the “mega-solar” station on the surface ...

Liberating the robot from factory floor by inflating it

Jun 11, 2015

Liberating the robot from factory floor by inflating it

Kevin Albert is playing the part of lion tamer. The 33-year-old engineer, with a passing resemblance to Joe Namath, sticks his head into the four-fingered grip of a robotic hand, pauses for a moment and then emerges unscathed. This is no ordinary robot: It’s ...