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[15 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Robot Ballin’ [Video]

While checking out the DekoRobo exhibit. I ran into Souichi Nagasato, president of MechaTraX and creator of the game. He gave a demo and brief description.
I gotta say, it’s a lot more difficult than it looks. Easy mode was anything but for me and even Mr. Nagasato the CREATOR of the game said he can’t pass difficult mode. But then again I’m a noob, there is a youtube video of some little kids doing better than I did.
Check out the company website: MechaTraX

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[5 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Robot + Video game = Decoration Warfare

UPDATE: Interview with the designer
Deko-Robo Wars! which stands for “Decoration Robot Wars” apparently
A new arcade machine uses the humanoid “Robo Catcher” to interact with a video game. The player controls Robo Catcher as he picks up and drops a ball in one of threes slots in an attempt to hit an on screen target. All this to sparkly graphics, flashing lights and an energetic pop soundtrack.
via: NODE
Demo

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[27 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
Robot Noses Better Thanks to Frogs

Imagine a world in which your robot pal compliments you on your new cologne. You smile and tell him thanks, then he goes on to tell you that he’s analysed it’s molecular content and that it’ll give you cancer if you keep using it. Hence totally ruining your day.
We’re one step closer to that reality thanks to bio-engineers at the University of Tokyo. Using genetically modified cells from frog eggs, researchers were able to make an electronic nose far superior in accuracy than one’s currently in use. This “living …

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[2 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Japanese Robot on the moon by 2015

Maido-kun is his name and a company called SOHLA will spend 1 billion yen ($10.5 million US) to get him on the moon by 2015.
While we’ve had robots in space before e.g. the Mars Rovers, Maido-kun will be the first bipedal bot on an extraterrestrial surface. Robots with wheels or even with multiple legs seem more plausible, but according to SOHLA board member Noriyuki Yoshida, “Humanoid robots are glamorous, and they tend to get people fired up” and he’s right, I wouldn’t be writing this post if I …

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[28 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Gundam Toilets! [video]

We were in Akihabara checking out the new Gundam Cafe and was it awesome.
[Update]
When we checked out the restroom, we had no idea that we could have set off a launch sequence with light shows and all, no joke. We didn’t get the footage but youtube’s got you covered. There are even videos of the female restroom up, which has different lights. I’m hoping that it actually was a female who shot it. Videos below.
The men’s restroom

The female restroom

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[24 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Automata – Japan’s Ancient Mechanical Pals

Japan’s the world’s largest producer of  robots. It is a culture fascinated by these mechanical humanoids, Gundam, Astro Boy, Mega Man. These guys usually get showered in with affection, while in the West, human-like  robots tend to freak people out. So what’s the cause of this Japanese robo-lovefest?
Kazuyoshi Suzuki wrote an article on the use of automata (self-operating machines) way back in the Edo period. These dolls did stuff like perform acrobatics and shoot arrows and most importantly serve tea. He suggests that these primitive wooden play things have influenced the Japanese perception …

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