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Archive for February, 2010

Samurai Robot Featured in Asahi Shimbun

Another samurai robot appeared, this time courtesy of an event held by ROBOBASE.

Gunze “Robots” Test Underpants in Latest TV Spot

A commercial for underpants featuring CG robots doing the testing in a funky lab.

Wearable Robot Hitches A Ride on Human Meat-Puppets

The Tsumaki Telerobotics Lab at Yamagata University developed a small, wearable telepresence robot circa 2008.

• ApriAttenda ver.2

Toshiba’s ApriAttenda ver.2 was unveiled in February 2009. Unlike its predecessor, it has arms and hands with which it can grasp objects. It is being developed to help around the home.

A Key Difference Between American & Japanese Robots

Intel’s cute Super Bowl ad featuring Jeffrey the Robot highlights a key difference in Eastern/Western philosophies.

• The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger’s swan song, is one of Terry Gilliam’s most original flights of fantasy.

Fujitsu’s Robot Kiosk Has Funny Face, Recognizes Yours

Face recognition technology is paving the way people interact with informational displays.

Minirobot’s Metal Fighter Gets Gaming Gig

Minirobot will soon market a UFO catcher-style game in South Korea featuring their new hobby humanoid robot, Metal Fighter.