Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

Jul 24, 2015

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with them? SoftBank Group Corp. began displaying its popular Pepper robots at a house-viewing event in Osaka on Friday to give visitors a taste of such ...

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Jul 22, 2015

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Honda Motor Co. will start lease sales in November of its Honda Walking Assist Device for use in mobility rehabilitation at hospitals and other facilities in Japan. The 2.7-kg device, which is worn on the waist and thighs, helps to lift the user’s knees ...

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Jul 17, 2015

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. introduced SoftBank Group Corp.’s Pepper robot to its flagship branch in central Tokyo on Friday. The 121-cm-tall humanoid will entertain customers with games and multimedia and provide basic information on products. The bank plans to add its robot employee to ...

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Jul 8, 2015

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

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Japan’s mega-robot creator is up for a battle of the bots after being challenged by a rival maker of the behemoths in the United States. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge Monday to partake in a robot brawl proposed by U.S. ...

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

Jul 8, 2015

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

A center dedicated to testing next-generation robots is set to be built in Fukushima Prefecture under plans being developed by the Japanese government. Government officials said it was planned to put the center into use around 2017 as a core part of its strategy ...

Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Jul 3, 2015

Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Panasonic Corp. has announced it will start selling robot suits designed to aid human movement in farming, construction work and nursing care starting in September. Each robot suit will sell for around ¥1 million ($8,100), the company said Thursday. Panasonic expects growing demand for ...

Jul 2, 2015

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday. The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. The 22-year-old was part ...