We've mentioned before how robots, and robot images, are popping up all over the place here in Japan. It's natural enough to run across robot reviews and stories in publications devoted to robotics like Robocon and Robot Life magazines. But recently more main stream publications like Dime, Goods Press, and others have started to feature robots as if they were common, everyday items like a car, cell phone, or mp3 player.
In almost every row in the magazine sections of local book stores you can find publications featuring robots in one way or another.
They might appear in a product advertisement, or in a review, or just as part of the background in a photo story about something else entirely.
One example that we ran across yesterday was an article covering the Kondo KHR robot series (KHR-1, KHR-2HV, KHR-1HV) in the Best Hit magazine published by Tokuma Shoten.
Normally the magazine focuses on the latest trends in consumer goods - cars, digital cameras, cell phones, and the like.