They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit, Lego is at the top of educational, DIY, and plain old fun robot building. MINDSTORMS EV3 is coming, and the robo-geekosphere is buzzing. And whirring.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has decided to adopt Japanese standards for assistive robotics tech. Developers in Japan, the vanguard of a potentially global industry, got their deserved props, and they can now look toward overseas expansion and competition.
Taking a lesson from the very successful campaigns of films like District 9 and Prometheus, Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has hit the internets with a slick, sincere Trask Industries website. In the X-Men universe, Trask Industries makes 30ft/9m-tall robotic mutant hunters known as "Sentinels."
Introduced way back in 2008, seven years after the Segway, Toyota's Winglet finally got to come out and play last week; practical trials are underway. Like the Segway (pretty much exactly), it’s a single rider, self-balancing mobility device. Toyota calls it a robot. Yeah... No.
This is a robot system for keyhole surgery, consisting of a master unit operated by the surgeon, and a slave unit that moves on the patient side. "Right now, we're working with surgeons, who are actually using this system and giving us feedback on how to improve it. We're receiving support from MEXT, and we aim to achieve a practical version within 4 to 5 years."