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 ...

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Mar 3, 2014

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer world with traffic robots

Can giant robots with deep voices and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo? A small cooperative, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks so — ...

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

Feb 27, 2014

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at ...

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

Feb 4, 2014

U.S. plans to require cars to communicate

A car might see a deadly crash coming even if its driver doesn’t, the U.S. government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they are plunging toward peril. The action, whose implementation ...

Wall-climbing robot inspired by a gecko

Jan 11, 2014

Wall-climbing robot inspired by a gecko

A wall-crawling robot inspired by the gecko has taken a small but important step toward a future in space, scientists said earlier this month. The tiny legged prototype could be the forerunner of automatons that crawl along the hulls of spacecraft, cleaning and maintaining ...

Jan 10, 2014

Robot startup co-founder eyes hidden local talent

Takashi Kato, co-founder of the robot venture Schaft Inc. bought by Google Inc. in November, has opened a fund to invest in technologies from Japanese startups and universities that have been overlooked by investors. Kato’s 246 Capital plans to raise about ¥2 billion in ...

2013 was an amazing year in tech

Dec 31, 2013

2013 was an amazing year in tech

by Vivek Wadhwa

If you go by the headlines, the iPhone 5S and Google Glass were the big technology stories of 2013, and Twitter’s IPO was the event of the year. The coverage of Glass focused mostly on its privacy implications — not its ability to change ...

Nov 26, 2013

Ministry to push nursing robots to aid caregivers

The health ministry is launching a program to promote the use of nursing care robots to meet expected increases in demand in the face of Japan’s rapidly aging population. In 2025, Japan is forecast to need 2.4 million nursing care workers, up from 1.49 ...

Robot surgery gripes double

Nov 9, 2013

Robot surgery gripes double

by Robert Langreth

The number of adverse incident reports involving Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s robots has more than doubled this year, according to U.S. regulators, who just released a physician survey showing no consistent training exists for the machines, which are also used in Japan. The Food and ...