Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: Opening Crowds (Video)

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The Bay Area Maker Faire 2014 drew crowds that exceeded 130,000 people over the two day weekend.
By Robots Dreams
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Bay Area Maker Faire 2014: Arc Attack (Video)

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Arc Attack is a unique combination of science, performance art, music (kind of), Tesla coils, and robotics. They only put on a half dozen performances a year, but are definitely worth the effort to see. http://ift.tt/KhAi1p
By Robots Dreams
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Tokyo Toy Show 2014: Takara Tomy Hello MiP Robot (Video)

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Takara Tomy introduced the new Hello MiP balancing robot, another entry in their well known Omnibot series of robots.
By Robots Dreams
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Tokyo Toy Show 2014: Hello Zoomer Robot Dog (Video)

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Takara Tomy demonstrated the Hello Zoomer robot dog, the lastest addition to their Omnibot series of robots.
By Robots Dreams
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V-Sido ASRA C1 Concept Robot (Video)

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Asratec, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank, held a press conference in Tokyo introducing the V-Sido robot operating system; V-Sido Connect - a new robot controller board; and ASRA C1 - a unique humanoid robot designed as a demonstration and test platform for V-Sido and related applications.
By Robots Dreams
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Baxter Gets a Promotion (Video)

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After a little more than a year on the job at manufacturing and production facilities throughout the U.S., Baxter has integrated into the workforce and become a valuable return on investment for its employers. With far more speed, precision and motion quality of the original version that shipped in early 2013, Baxter is getting a promotion -- thanks to the continuous innovation of our industry-leading software platform, Intera. With Intera 3, Baxter is better than ever -- and it's only going to continue improving from here.
By Rethink Robotics
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First 3D-printed, open-source humanoid robot (Video)

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Full story: http://ift.tt/1pneSW5 Watch this incredible time-lapse of the world's first 3D-printed, open-source humanoid robot leap into life starter parts
By New Scientist
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Tokyo Toy Show 2014: Robot Animal Toys (Video)

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There were lots of animated "robot" animal toys exhibited at the annual Tokyo Toy Show held in mid-June at the Big Sight Convention Center.
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Japanese Government Plans to Stimulate Low Cost Robot Use

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Here’s the online version of the Yomiuri Shimbun article reporting on the Japanese government strategy to boost low-cost robots - http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140615-00050113-yom-bus_all.

Basically the information is the same as we reported in the previous post, though there are a few more specifics. The article also mentions a proposed robot competition, tentatively named “Robot Olympics”, the government plans to stage in conjunction with the Tokyo Olympics and ParaOlympics in 2020. Needless to say the IOC will make them come up with a different name as it has in the past with other robot events.

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Japan Robot Stocks Surge on Rumors of Government Initiative

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Japanese robot stock prices surged in Tokyo when the market opened Monday morning boosted by a report that the Japanese government plans to actively promote the sector in conjunction with the 2020 Olympics.

Share prices of Kikuchi Seisakusho, Cyberdyne, Kawada Technologies, Harmonic Drive Systems, and Hihaisuto Seiko all responded positively when the Yomimuri Shimbun newspaper reported that the government will support the dissemination of low cost robots. The initiative appears to be focused on the manpower shortage in dealing with Japan’s ageing population, nursing care, agriculture, disaster response, infrastructure inspection, and more traditional factory automation applications.

The robot market is expected to expand from 700 billion yen in 2012 to about 2.4 trillion yen by 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics take place. More detailed information on the government’s plans to stimulate growth in the robotics market is expected to be announced later this month.

Related link: Japanese Robot Stocks Surge

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