Tag - robots



Honda's four-seater CiKoMa EV can travel at speeds of up to 20 kph.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2024
Honda to test automated EV and logistic robot in Ibaraki Prefecture
The four-seater EV, named CiKoMa, can travel at speeds of up to 20 kph.
Researchers have replicated the eye structure of insects like bees that can navigate visually based on the intensity and polarization of sunlight.
Dec 27, 2023
Insect compasses, fire-fighting vines: 2023's nature-inspired tech
Even as human-caused climate change threatens the environment, nature continues to inspire our technological advancement.
A robot that uses artificial intelligence to automatically harvest cherry tomatoes in the Netherlands
Nov 26, 2023
Use of AI-based robots on the rise in Japanese agriculture
Large-scale greenhouse farmers are leading the way, having already begun to use AI-equipped robots.
A man stands next to a robot in use at ROLEC Gehause-Systeme in Rinteln, Germany on Oct. 6
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
As baby boomers retire, German businesses turn to robots
Small and medium-sized companies are turning to automation as the gradual retirement of the post-war "baby boom" generation tightens the labor squeeze.
Akinori Ishii, of startup Tsubame Industries Co., sits inside the cockpit of ARCHAX, a giant human-piloted robot developed by him and CEO Ryo Yoshida, in Yokohama on Sept. 27.
Oct 2, 2023
Japan startup develops 'Gundam'-like robot with $3 million price tag
The 3.5-ton robot has two modes: the upright "robot mode" and a "vehicle mode" in which it can travel up to 10 kilometers per hour.
An agricultural robot used in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. The agriculture ministry is currently supporting the development and testing of related technologies by companies in 217 districts across Japan.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 25, 2023
As farmers gray, Japan pins hopes on robots and smart agriculture
The agriculture ministry is currently supporting the development and testing of related technologies by companies in 217 districts across Japan.
Robots carry items around Amazon Japan's logistics base in Chiba.
Sep 17, 2023
Logistics robots coming into wider use in Japan
Companies are looking to logistics robots in response to the popularity of e-commerce, as well as present and potential labor shortages.
A child visits the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on July 6.
Aug 30, 2023
Concerns raised over the 'dangerous' ideology shaping AI debate
Long-termism, and linked ideologies like transhumanism and effective altruism, holds huge sway in universities and throughout the tech sector.
The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, where the AI Suitcase was introduced, in Anaheim, California, in March
Jul 30, 2023
AI luggage for people with visual impairments nets rave reviews
The groundbreaking assistive technology recently underwent its first overseas public trial, garnering significant interest and sparking discussions about its future practical applications.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 22, 2023
A sweaty robot may help humans understand impact of soaring heat
How can we protect ourselves in a warming planet? To answer this burning questions, Arizona researchers have deployed a robot that can breathe, shiver and sweat.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 8, 2023
AI robots at U.N. reckon they could run the world better
They robots were assembled for what was billed as the world"s first news conference with a packed panel of AI-enabled humanoid social robots.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Tokyo researchers develop robot arms to 'unlock creativity'
The Jizai Arms were inspired by traditional Japanese puppetry and a quasi-horror short story.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
Japanese AI startup launches robot for home use
Weighing 10 kilograms, the Kachaka robot can carry up to 20 kg, including its attached table. It moves as fast as 80 centimeters per second.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2023
Your first robot butler will need human eyes
Automatons that clean your house are getting closer to reality, but they’ll still need people to steer them for several years
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 29, 2023
Japan startup raises ¥4 billion to build space robot workforce
The comapny"s CEO believes it’s too risky and impractical for humans to assemble and inspect machinery in space, while equipment now used is far too expensive.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2023
Engineers unveil soccer-playing robot ARTEMIS
"If your robot cannot even play a game of soccer, how would you be able to use these robots for more important things, such as saving people"s lives?"
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Around 40% of domestic tasks could be automated in 10 years, study finds
The findings are based on data collected from 65 artificial intelligence experts in Japan and the U.K. who assessed how susceptible 17 types of domestic tasks would be to automation.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2023
Competing with robots is making work worse
As more tasks become automated, we need to stop letting robotic machines set the pace.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2023
Elon Musk wants to pause AI? It’s too late for that
A petition on OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology calling for a pause on further development ignores the risk already unleashed.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2023
Fully automated driving under certain conditions allowed in Japan
The government has a target of realizing Level 4 autonomous driving services in at least 40 locations by fiscal 2025.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation