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[27 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments ]
Dr. Nakamats!

After reading that Sony discontinued the making floppies this month. (Moment of silence……….). I was reminded of the genius mind who invented it*[0]. None other than the great Dr. Nakamats. He was been described as one of the greatest minds of all time. The good doctor claims to have the world record for most inventions at 3375 and counting*[1]. Thomas Edison had only 1093. Nakamats inventions also include the CD, DVD, cinemascope, taxicab meter and the digital watch. *[2]
He’s also a bit on the eccentric side. Most of his inventions …

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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 …