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 ...

Jun 12, 2015

New growth strategy contains wide-ranging promises

The government’s proposed new growth strategy contains promises of everything from robotic transportation to making it easier for companies to fire their staff. Unveiled Thursday, the text is now subject to Cabinet approval. It includes the promotion of cutting-edge robotics technology as one solution ...

Liberating the robot from factory floor by inflating it

Jun 11, 2015

Liberating the robot from factory floor by inflating it

Kevin Albert is playing the part of lion tamer. The 33-year-old engineer, with a passing resemblance to Joe Namath, sticks his head into the four-fingered grip of a robotic hand, pauses for a moment and then emerges unscathed. This is no ordinary robot: It’s ...

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

May 29, 2015

DeNA, ZMP plan to launch driverless taxi service

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As the IT revolution injects extra octane into the auto industry with driverless technology, DeNA Co. said Thursday it will steer toward an innovative new target: robot taxis. Best known for its Mobage cellphone video game platform, DeNA said it will team up with ...