Yoriko Takahashi - June 12, 2014

SoftBank group is showing that it is really serious about the humanoid robot business.

SoftBank's subsidiary company, Asratec Corp. today introduced control software for humanoid robots - called V-Sido OS. They expect that V-Sido OS will be installed in future robots which will be introduced by many companies.

Bandai today announced the release of a super alloy robot "Cho-gokin! Cho-gattai! SF Robot Fujiko F. Fujio Characters".

If you are a real Fujiko F. Fujio fan, you must have got an intense craving for it!

It comes with 6 small robots of the most popular characters created by Fujiko F. Fujio. By putting all the 6 robots together, you can make a 22cm tall robot.

6 characters:

Sinfonia Technology is planning to release a solar panel cleaning robot "Resola" in autumn 2014.

Resola is like a solar panel version of the iRobot Roomba, and understands its surrounding environment with a sensor and determines its own cleaning path. It cleans up a solar panel with a wiper, brush and pouring water the same way that Roomba vacuums a room.

Reno J. Tibke - June 07, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s octopedal Japanese electronics conglomerate OMRON getting its

In 2015, you could become best friends with an amiable and attentive humanoid robot, like the relationship of Nobita and Doraemon (minus the Yojigen-poket)!

Aerial drone maps show Philippine typhoon devastation, aid in reconstruction -

The following article, by Adam Klaptocz of Drone Adventures, is republished here with permission from our friends at

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Kanako Miura -

Today, per the Japanese tradition of marking the one year anniversary of an individual's death, known as the Meinichi (めいにち・命日), we remember the life and accomplishments of brilliant young roboticist Dr. Kanako Miura, lost in a terrible accident one year ago today. Our original article was published May 29, 2013. 

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At Keio University, the Ishigami Laboratory, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is investigating robotic mobility systems. The main mission of this group is to perform fundamental and applied research for application to extreme environments, notably lunar and planetary rovers.

"In our lab, we focus on field robotics that works for extreme environments."