SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

Jun 5, 2014

SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Thursday what it says is the world’s first humanoid robot that can communicate and read people’s emotions, and said it will go on sale to the general public next year. CEO Masayoshi Son told a news conference in Urayasu, Chiba ...

Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Mar 20, 2014

Hitachi develops robots to probe Fukushima No. 1 plant

Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. say they have developed robots to detect cooling water leakage points and the condition of nuclear fuel at the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. One robot can move through narrow pipes by changing shape and another ...

Paro's therapeutic value improved

Sep 14, 2013

Paro's therapeutic value improved

Intelligent System Co., manufacturer of the Paro baby seal robot, says it has improved the therapeutic toy, making it more suitable for use in nursing homes. The new Paro is lighter and is designed exclusively for therapeutic purposes, the startup based in Toyama Prefecture ...

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

Sep 5, 2013

Japan's robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes 'one small step'

A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness. The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens ...

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

Jun 27, 2013

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of “Star Wars,” the pint-sized Kirobo fielded questions from curious journalists who asked what ...