Nov 23, 2014

Can robots help us stop Ebola virus?

The U.S. military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola: a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star Wars,” the robots are operating at ...

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

| Nov 16, 2014

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

A Tokyo machinery maker will launch a cutting-edge research and development center for robots in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in April to support the recovery of the disaster-hit prefecture. Kikuchi Seisakusho Co., led by President and CEO Isao Kikuchi, a native of the local village ...

Japan Robot Week offers new approaches to nursing care

Oct 15, 2014

Japan Robot Week offers new approaches to nursing care

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. Nursing is a prominent theme, with a special display area for products designed to facilitate care for the elderly ...

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

Oct 12, 2014

Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills

How do you make a better snake robot? You study snakes, of course. Researchers have conducted experiments to learn precisely how sidewinder rattlesnakes are able to climb sandy hills, then applied the reptiles’ repertoire to an existing snake robot so it could do the ...

U.S. Navy to deploy armed, robotic swarm of patrol boats

Oct 5, 2014

U.S. Navy to deploy armed, robotic swarm of patrol boats

The U.S. Navy says it will soon use armed, robotic patrol boats with no sailors on board to escort and defend warships moving through sensitive sea lanes. The technology, adapted from NASA’s rovers on Mars, will transform how the navy operates and is sure ...

Murata unveils cheerleader robots that really are team players

Sep 25, 2014

Murata unveils cheerleader robots that really are team players

by Kazuaki Nagata

Murata Manufacturing Co. unveiled a group of “next-generation” robots Thursday that are shaped like miniature cheerleaders, can communicate with one another and move in a swarm. The Kyoto-based manufacturer of electronics components created 10 identical robots called Murata Cheerleaders, each of which stands 36 ...