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 ...

Robots to help out at Mitsubishi UFJ branches

Feb 2, 2015

Robots to help out at Mitsubishi UFJ branches

Meet the latest employee of the nation’s biggest bank: a multilingual robot called NAO. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. unveiled the 58-centimeter humanoid on Monday to improve services for customers in Japan and become the first bank in the world to use robots at ...