This week Sony’s purchasing part of Nintendo’s supply chain (a factory that makes things with 4-letter acronyms), a Japanese artist teamed up with Nike to make artistic HyperColor spandex (deep cut!), and Honda’s giving away 3D modeling data for their concept cars - print your own!
CarTech Fans, the Dakar Rally is On! Bikes, trucks, cars (kinda), huge earthcrawlers full of supplies and stuff: off they've gone in this the 6th consecutive South American appearance for the 14-day, 5000 mile (8000km) endurance race.
Contributor Nayalan Moodley, AKA DarcNoodles, co-founded and wrote for South Africa’s vanguard Otaku Magazine. Japan has been his home since 2008, and he is currently a freelancer specializing in words, photos, videos, graphic design, and illustration.
Honda has developed a low-cost, automatic valet parking system which uses parking lot surveillance cameras to help park cars automatically.
In this demonstration, when a car is left in the drop-off area of a parking lot, it receives information about which spaces are available, then drives itself to an empty space and parks. This system can automatically park multiple cars efficiently. Honda sees a lot of potential in a system such as this, especially if it is implemented in the large parking lots of suburban shopping centers.
This week it’s Japan & the U.K. agreeing to do even more military stuff together, further discussion on the revealed-to-the-world-via-mobile-video issue of corporal punishment in Japan, and an inexplicable announcement from Honda about the sound of its new racecar engine.
Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies.