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, ...

U.N. talks to address pre-emptive strike on 'killer robots'

May 13, 2014

U.N. talks to address pre-emptive strike on 'killer robots'

Armies of Terminator-like warriors fan out across the battlefield, destroying everything in their path, as swarms of fellow robots rain fire from the skies. That dark vision could all too easily shift from science fiction to fact with disastrous consequences for the human race, ...

Pentagon shows off life-size robot

Apr 23, 2014

Pentagon shows off life-size robot

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a firsthand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood’s Terminator, the latest experiment by the Pentagon’s high-tech researchers. But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior, but as a ...

Small step is giant leap for NASA's Robonaut

Apr 20, 2014

Small step is giant leap for NASA's Robonaut

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the ...

Robots make progress in probing leaky reactors

Mar 6, 2014

Robots make progress in probing leaky reactors

Research robots of various types are playing significant roles in understanding the situation with crippled reactors 1 to 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The reactors at the quake- and tsunami-damaged plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. are inaccessible because of ...