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End of the line for ASIMO, Japan's famed robot?

/ Jun 28, 2018

End of the line for ASIMO, Japan's famed robot?

It has played football with former U.S. President Barack Obama and danced for German leader Angela Merkel, but Honda's ASIMO robot may have reached the end of the line. Launched in 2000, the humanoid machine resembling a shrunken spaceman has become arguably Japan's most famous ...

Robotics Barbie aims to inspire girls to become scientists

Jun 27, 2018

Robotics Barbie aims to inspire girls to become scientists

An inspirational new version of Barbie will encourage young girls to embark on careers in engineering and the sciences, the iconic doll's manufacturer Mattel said on Tuesday. Barbie, who first hit the shelves in 1959, prides herself on trying out jobs where women aren't strongly ...

Sales of Sony's new Aibo robot dog off to solid start

/ May 7, 2018

Sales of Sony's new Aibo robot dog off to solid start

Sales of Sony Corp.'s new artificial intelligence-equipped Aibo robot dog are off to a solid start in Japan, with the electronics giant saying that 11,111 units were sold in the three months since its release in January. Sony said Monday that the new Aibo — ...

In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral

May 1, 2018

In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral

by Miwa Suzuki

The robot dogs lined up in their dozens last Thursday in Chiba Prefecture were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being honored with their own traditional "funeral." In some respects, it was a funeral like any other in Japan, with incense smoke ...