Mar 13, 2015

Fanuc mulls boosting investor returns as Loeb calls for change

Three weeks after billionaire investor Daniel Loeb started a public campaign demanding changes at the industrial robot-maker, Fanuc Corp. says it will consider ways to increase investor returns. Its stock surged. The company, one of the most secretive in Japan, will start what it ...

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Feb 25, 2015

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed. It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that those being honored are ...

Talking space robot Kirobo returns to Earth

Feb 13, 2015

Talking space robot Kirobo returns to Earth

A tiny robot that became the first android to converse with an astronaut in space has returned to Earth after 18 months in orbit. Kirobo — which is roughly the size of a chihuahua — hitched a ride back from the International Space Station ...