Robots to help out at Mitsubishi UFJ branches

Feb 2, 2015

Robots to help out at Mitsubishi UFJ branches

Meet the latest employee of the nation’s biggest bank: a multilingual robot called NAO. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. unveiled the 58-centimeter humanoid on Monday to improve services for customers in Japan and become the first bank in the world to use robots at ...

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

Jan 24, 2015

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

The government has worked out an action plan that calls for promoting deregulation to expand the use of robot technology to ease labor shortages driven by Japan’s population decline. The action plan, drawn up Friday at a meeting chaired by Tamotsu Nomakuchi, a consultant ...

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

Jan 11, 2015

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

She stood on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, carried on conversations, blinked her eyes and sang a convincing rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It would have been unremarkable if Chihira Aico were not a robot. “Hello, ...

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

Dec 24, 2014

Omron, Cyberdyne announce robotics tie-up

by Kazuaki Nagata

Cyberdyne Inc. and Omron Corp. said Wednesday they will join forces in making and marketing robots, combining Cyberdyne’s power limb technology with Omron’s expertise in sensors and automation. “We want to achieve new values through our technologies,” Omron President and CEO Yoshihito Yamada told ...