Autonomous Drone System to Map and Explore Hazardous Disaster Sites (Video)

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On March 11, 2011 Japan was literally rocked by a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency that resulted in thousands of lives lost, homes and businesses destroyed, and a crippling of Japan’s critical power generation capacity. It was a wakeup call, clearly showing how unprepared Japan, and other countries that operate nuclear power plants, were when they needed to deal quickly and decisively with a major disaster.

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Thunderbolt Robot’s Realistic Walking Comes From Innovative Design (Video)

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Humanoid robot walking is difficult, much more difficult than most people think. We assume that it’s easy because we, and most people we know, can do it without thinking. But we forget all the months, even years, of practice, trial and error, bumps and bruises, that we put in as children before we got to the point where we could walk smoothly without effort and without having to focus on what we were doing.

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Segway Takeover By Chinese Company Ninebot Doesn’t Bode Well For U.S. Technology

Just fourteen years ago, in 2001, everyone was caught up in the buzz about a new mystery product from design genius Dean Kamen that was code named “Ginger”. Ginger was supposed to radically impact personal transportation, facilitate people friendly urban design, and do a multitude of other magical things. Ginger, when it was publicly unveiled, turned out to be Segway, the two wheeled balancing personal transporter.

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ROBOTECH Robot Exhibition Looked Interesting But Where Were The Robots?

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We first attended the ROBOTECH exhibition several years ago. Every odd numbered year (2011, 2013, 2015, …), Japan stages the International Robot Exhibition (IREX), which is generally acknowledged to be the biggest, most interesting robot technology exhibition in Asia, perhaps in the world. Manufacturers, reseachers, students, robot application developers, end-users, everyone that has an interest in robotics travels from the four corners of the globe to participate. But, that leaves a noticeable void during the even numbered years. It was this void, this opportunity, that ROBOTECH hoped to capitalize on.

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Popular Japanese Pricing Website Gets Hobby Robot Listings

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For anyone purchasing items in Japan, especially digital devices like cameras, TVs, computers, and the like, the Kakaku.com website is a life-saver. Just use the site to search for the maker and model number of the item you want to purchase, and Kakaku.com almost instantaneously returns an extensive listing showing the pricing, availability, shipping options, and a wealth of other useful information.  

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Robot Brings Happiness And Health to Care Facilities in Europe (Video)

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Technology and gadgets are exciting, sometimes even compelling. We see something new, something on the cutting edge, and we just have to have one. Rationality and reason go out the window as we whip out our credit card and quickly consummate the purchase. Then, almost inevitably our fantastic purchase loses our attention after a few weeks or months and is relegated to gathering dusk in some closet or corner of the garage.


Purchases that last are those that fill our basic needs and continue to provide us with satisfaction day after day, week after week. Robots are like that. Tens of thousands of home/personal robots have been sold over the past decade, but very few of them are still playing an active role in the life of their human owners. And, the exceptions, those robots that have really delivered on their promises and continuously contribute to improving quality of life, like ZORA ROBOT, give us significant insight into the way that robots and humans can live and work together building a bright future.

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Surprising ROBO-ONE Light Robot Design Pushes The Rules (Video)

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ROBO-ONE was originally conceived as “Humanoid Robot Entertainment” with the unstated goal of stimulating a whole generation of Japanese, and international, developers to get involved in the humanoid robot movement. Everyone knew it would be impossible to replicate the performance of Honda’s ASIMO robot on a hobbyist budget, but it would be fun to see how far they could push the envelope in that direction.

 

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