Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit: World's Best Robotics Education Tool? [REISSUE]
They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit [sic], 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.

Sharp even added a "MOE" feature to this vacuum cleaner.  

From Sharp's home cleaning robot series, COCOROBO, a premium model called COCOROBO Imouto Ver. RX-CLV1-P will be out for sale for a limited time. Imouto means younger sister in Japanese.

Takara Tomy's new entertainment robot "Robi jr." will debut at Japan Robot Week 2014 that will take place from October 15th through October 17th.

Takara Tomy already announced the release of Robi jr. from their entertainment robot Omnibot series, and it is scheduled to be out on December 11th.

Murata Manufacturing recently unveiled a team of 10 robots called the Murata Cheerleaders, which dance in formation while balancing on top of balls.

The Murata Cheerleaders are Murata’s fourth generation of robots, following the bicycle-riding MURATA BOY in 1991, the second MURATA BOY in 2005, and the unicycle-riding MURATA GIRL in 2008. All of these robots incorporate Murata’s proprietary core technology.

Just Saying
Yes, it matters that they're Korean!
...because, of course, is "Japan & Asia Tech • Cool and Cultural News." So, we saw this cool robot news, could hear in the accent that these researchers are actually from Korea, and boom: justification! (in fact, according to their MIT profiles, they both studied at Yonsei University in Seoul)

Headless Robot Chasing a Laser Pointer (is so dang cute) -
We hate to use the word ‘cute’ when discussing robotics, but… Come on now...just have a watch and tell us that ain’t the case. You can’t. Unless you’re mean, uptight, and cold, cold of heart.
Why Does Japan Get Dyson's New 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum First? -
The steadily plodding iterations of iRobot’s Roomba and its legion of copycats are old hat, and the collective We aren’t really impressed anymore. While the 360 Eye performs the same task, it stands out, and just kinda has that new robot smell. The talking points/broad strokes/things to know are:

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2014

Japanese Robots: Pepper Gallery!