'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

| Jul 18, 2014

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

by Erik Fau

He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. “Real Humans,” by screenwriter-actor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called “hubots,” a word mixing humans and robots. They ...

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Jul 15, 2014

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

by Kazuaki Nagata

Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday. “Technology can even solve the labor population problem,” Son said during an ...

Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-playing robots eye their own world cup

by Rob Lever

When robots play soccer, it looks like a game played by 5-year-olds: they swarm around the ball, kick haphazardly and fall down a lot. However, robot teams have made strides in recent years, and some researchers believe the humanoids could challenge the world’s best ...

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

Jun 24, 2014

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) on Tuesday unveiled three humanoid robots that are to be put on display so visitors can interact with them. Two of the machines were modeled on actual human forms, using special silicone and artificial muscles ...

Jun 20, 2014

Abe dumps robots into growth plan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is determined to promote the use of robots to help propel growth. “I would like to make robots a major pillar of my growth strategy,” Abe said Thursday after visiting a nursing home in Saitama Prefecture and a ...

Robotics firm showcases thought-controlled suits

Jun 18, 2014

Robotics firm showcases thought-controlled suits

A Japanese robot-maker on Wednesday showed off suits that the wearer can control with their thoughts alone. Cyberdyne founder Yoshiyuki Sankai said he was allying with the city of Kawasaki to explore ways to expand real-life applications for his robo-suits, which are often used ...

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

Jun 18, 2014

SoftBank unveils Android-like OS for robots

by Marco Lui and Takashi Amano

Billionaire Masayoshi Son wants to create Android for robots. A unit of Son’s SoftBank Corp. has unveiled an operating system that purports to offer a way to control robots just as Google Inc.’s software runs smartphones and tablets. The platform, called V- Sido OS, ...