Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Jul 8, 2015

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

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Japan’s mega-robot creator is up for a battle of the bots after being challenged by a rival maker of the behemoths in the United States. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge Monday to partake in a robot brawl proposed by U.S. ...

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

Jul 8, 2015

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

A center dedicated to testing next-generation robots is set to be built in Fukushima Prefecture under plans being developed by the Japanese government. Government officials said it was planned to put the center into use around 2017 as a core part of its strategy ...

Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Jul 3, 2015

Panasonic to sell robot suits starting in September

Panasonic Corp. has announced it will start selling robot suits designed to aid human movement in farming, construction work and nursing care starting in September. Each robot suit will sell for around ¥1 million ($8,100), the company said Thursday. Panasonic expects growing demand for ...

Jul 2, 2015

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday. The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. The 22-year-old was part ...

Consumers worldwide most impressed by Japan's robotics

Jun 22, 2015

Consumers worldwide most impressed by Japan's robotics

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When people around the world think of what Japan does best, robot technology tops the list, beating out anime and washoku Japanese cuisine, according to a survey by advertising giant Dentsu. This year’s “Japan Brand” survey by Dentsu Inc. points to growing international interest ...

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

Jun 17, 2015

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction projects. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3-D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge ...

Tokyo companies begin work on Transformer-like robot

Jun 12, 2015

Tokyo companies begin work on Transformer-like robot

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Two Tokyo-based firms said Friday they have begun developing a transformable robot that can be operated from inside, both as a humanoid robot and a vehicle. Asratec Corp. and Brave Robotics said they plan to complete development of the J-deite Ride in 2017. The ...