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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 ...

Pillow talk goes mobile with new phone holder

Jun 7, 2015

Pillow talk goes mobile with new phone holder

What’s shaped like your friend and even sounds like your friend, but isn’t actually your friend? Why, a human-shaped pillow with a slot in its head for a cellphone, of course. One Japanese venture is looking to solve that problem of feeling distant when ...

Apple Watch coming to stores on June 26

Jun 5, 2015

Apple Watch coming to stores on June 26

Apple Inc. said it would start selling some models of its watch at retail stores this month, and also roll out the gadget in seven more countries. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for ...

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

Jun 4, 2015

Tomy, Docomo unveil conversational robot toy

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Tomy Co. on Thursday introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people. “We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make ...