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[25 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japanese Tech – Dec 25

Faking Touch Sensation
Waseda University is working on a device that uses visual stimuli to trick the brain into thinking its receiving tactile sensations that don’t actually exist. It works like this.
“To create an illusion, first, the hand is actually given a tactile stimulus. In time with that, a video showing receipt of the tactile stimulus is presented. Then the stimulus to the hand is stopped, the motion is stopped. But on screen, the object giving the stimulus continues to move. So user feels that the tactile stimulus, which should have …

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[18 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japanese Tech – Dec 18

The New Sega Console is Going Down the Toilets Urinals

Sega is a finally back in the console market and they decided go somewhere no console has gone before, the public rest room.  This will be the only game system that you can play with your…. let’s just say it’s great to be a male of the species if you want to play this.  The system uses a pressure sensor placed on a target spot in the urinal. Pressure applied to this sensor is used to interact with games displayed on …

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[17 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Cute Twitter Robot Dances to @replys

Coconatch is a cute little robot that does a dance whenever it detects an @reply on twitter. The robot, connected via USB, is attached to a user’s twitter handle and gives alerts of mentions by lighting up and wobbling from side to side.

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[8 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Control Robots with the iPad – Walky

You let your fingers do the walking with “Walky”, an iPad application used to control a bipedal robot with simple finger movements. Walky is said to take a WYSIWYG (what is see is what you get) approach to robot control. The robot’s legs basically imitate your fingers’ movements on the iPad, making it easy for anyone to pick up the tablet and take a robot for a walk. As opposed to regular controllers that take some time to master.

This iPad version is a follow up to the app for the …

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[26 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Cute and Funny Stuff – MAKE: Tokyo Meeting 06

Japan’s creative hobbyists were out in there numbers this month for MAKE Tokyo Meeting number 6. There were works from both the fields of technology and art. The exhibitions were generally impressive, here some of the cute and funny ones.
The remote controlled bunny ears were the cutest thing there. It’s a pair of animated rabbit ears that you wear. You can control the movement of the ears with a remote controller in the form of a ball (also dressed up as a bunny). The ball has a tilt sensor so …

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[22 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Robot version of Nausicaa’s Ohmu – Mecha Ohmu

Ghibli fans will instantly recognize this creation as a mechanical version of an Ohmu from the classic “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” This is creator Dr. Gen Endo’s tribute to one of his favorite films. This is how it crawled at MAKE Tokyo.

Mecha Ohmu has a bump sensor so that it can change direction when it hits an object. It’s also sensitive to bright light, if you shine a light at it gets angry, and just like the ones in the film the eyes start glowing red …

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[20 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Robots with Guns a Good Idea?

Robot de SaBaGe (Robot Survival Game) is a group of hobbyists who build robots that shoot the crap outta each other. Each of their robots has an airsoft gun attached to it. They’re put in an a field with obstacles where they battle it out. Here’s some footage from MAKE Tokyo 06.

The games come in to two forms, team matches , where small groups of robots use strategy to crush the enemy, or battle royales where it’s every bot for himself. A robot is out of the game when it’s …

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[31 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
ASIMO Dance Battle

Today is ASIMO’s birthday and as a part of the 5 day celebration, Honda presented what was probably the world’s first human vs robot dance battle.

For a better angle check out Moriyama’s video.
ASIMO went up against the Comedian Papaya Suzuki. I’m not gonna say who I thought won, that’s up you.
This was a part of the first of three presentations today. These included a talk from ASIMO’s creator, and a demonstration of ASIMO’s potential use as a companion, servant and host. ASIMO demonstrated how he was able to …

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[29 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
ASIMO’s Story – Honda’s Anniversary Video

“I want you to make Astro Boy—you know, the comic book robot.”
“What?” said Hirose, not believing his ears. Honda was going to make a robot?
ASIMO is the beloved crowned prince of humanoid robots. It’s been 10 years since he first made his debut to the world, gaining a fanboys and girls internationally and inspiring a new generation of robot makers. Honda is making a big deal of this event with a week long celebration from October 30th to November 3rd at the Honda Plaza.
Honda’s website just released the “ASIMO 10th …

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[27 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Remember the Robot Suit from Aliens?

Remember that suit from the Alien movies that Ripley uses to kick the alien queen’s ass? Well now you can buy one.

This was the inspiration for Panasonic’s POWERLOADER robot suits. They were developed to augment the wearer’s strength making them able to easily perform tasks strenuous and repetitive tasks. Like loading crates in the cargo bay of a space ship or fighting giant aliens.
Recently news of “POWERLOADER Light” has been released. This a slimed down version of the suit. It can increase the power of your leg movements by 40 kg. …

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