Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2014

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring ...

Robot team turns dreams to reality with Skeletonics

Sep 24, 2014

Robot team turns dreams to reality with Skeletonics

by Asami Takada

Every self-respecting fan of robots, or even animations featuring robots, has at some point dreamed of strapping themselves into an exoskeleton and emulating their favorite anime heroes. The Skeletonics robot suit, developed by 24-year-old Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku and other members of the 2008 Robocon ...

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 ...