Software 'bots' seen skewing support for Trump on Twitter

Nov 8, 2016

Software 'bots' seen skewing support for Trump on Twitter

Software robots generated a significant number of Twitter messages in support of Donald Trump, distorting the Republican presidential nominee’s backing on the social network, a study showed Monday. The study by University of Southern California computer scientists found that both Trump and Democrat Hillary ...

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Oct 25, 2016

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and “dance” as it plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its ...

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Oct 18, 2016

Hitachi taps mania for robotic vacuum cleaners

Hitachi Appliances Inc., a unit of Hitachi Ltd., will launch a robotic vacuum cleaner that it says can clean hard-to-reach areas. At only 25 centimeters wide, the product named minimaru is smaller than rival models and can reach where others cannot, such as spaces ...

SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Oct 6, 2016

SoftBank's robot Pepper gets to work in Taiwan

Pepper, SoftBank Corp.’s humanoid robot, greeted customers at a Taiwan bank and a life insurer on Thursday, one of the first countries outside Japan to use the shiny machine in a front-line role with clients. The robot was handed an employee ID card at ...

Sharp's singing vacuum aims to tug users' heart strings

Oct 5, 2016

Sharp's singing vacuum aims to tug users' heart strings

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The Sharp Corp. robot vacuum cleaner on display at the ongoing CEATEC trade show is no mere machine. Dubbed Cocorobo, it collaborates with a singing voice synthesizer software called Vocaloid and can hold simple conversations and even sing to people. The Osaka-based firm has ...

Japan to host World Robot Summit in 2020

Oct 4, 2016

Japan to host World Robot Summit in 2020

Cabinet minister Hiroshige Seko said the government will host a World Robot Summit in 2020 with the aim of promoting competition in speed, accuracy and quality of robot performance in the manufacturing and service sectors. The international convention is expected to offer the robot ...

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Oct 4, 2016

Multilingual robot ready to serve visitors in Tokyo Station

Welcome to Tokyo. Need directions? Ask Emiew3. East Japan Railway Co. has started a pilot project under which a humanoid robot serves visitors in English, Chinese and Japanese. Placed in front of the travel service center at the Marunouchi north exit, the 90-cm, 15-kg ...