Robots

Curious Cats Adopt Lifelike NieR: Automata Model As Their Adorable Guardian

Part of the intrigue of the world of Square Enix’s NieR: Automata is discovering mechanical creatures that show behavior that isn’t quite as mindless and automated as one might expect. You might find yourself having a similar, but more heartwarming experience of that mystery when you look at these charming pictures by photographer and NieR fan @TkmemoCom. With the help of model designer @CBJimHeart and the fitting setting (and felines) of creative space and studio PAP (@minopap5461), he was able to capture these awesome shots of a seemingly defunct NieR: Automata machine caring for some playful cats! Source: @TkmemoCom Source: @TkmemoCom The foresty space around the photo studio (used often…

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Japan’s New Giant Gundam Is It’s Biggest And Most Epic Yet

Reaction to the deconstruction and departure of the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba area was bittersweet, but with the announcement that the previous RX-78-2 Gundam would be replaced by a bigger and better full scale Unicorn Gundam with special transformation abilities, complaints weren’t heard for long. This past weekend, the new and improved Unicorn Gundam was unveiled in Odaiba’s Diver City, and it is easily the biggest and most impressive Mobile Suit statue yet! 内山さんとユニコーン変形 pic.twitter.com/krEH8KRLWy — エイジ (@EIZ_510) 2017年9月23日 Standing at 19.7 meters tall, this RX-0 Unicorn Gundam clocks in at a one-to-one scale, and doesn’t just sport improvements in size. The new Gundam features…

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Japan Has A Robot Vendor That Is Very Happy To Give You Ice Cream

Whether it be performing funeral rites, staffing a hotel, or simply being a terrifying poop demon, Japan seems to have a robot for everything. When its not flexing its technological muscle in more adventurous ways, however, Japan focuses on practical uses for these clever robos, and Japanese robotic engineering company Yaskawa’s Yaskawa-kun may be living out the most practical use of all–giving people ice cream. 会社にいるアイスクリームロボット。100円でソフトクリーム🍦作ってくれる😋 An ice cream-serving robot pic.twitter.com/N4ldjYiS17 — とら(Steve) (@torachitech2) 2017年8月24日 you might remember Yaskawa from when they developed a sword-wielding robot to duel Japan’s modern samurai, but the adorable (and somewhat creepy) Yaskawa-kun is a little less aggressive, handing over soft-serve ice cream to customers…

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Japanese Designer And Welder Couple Team Up To Create Awesome Cardboard Mecha For Cat

We’ve seen some of Japan’s incredible cardboard artists apply their craft to feline goods, including an awesome DIY sushi restaurant house for their cat, as well as a commercial kitty conductor train, but one couple on Twitter may have trumped them all with some creative teamwork. Husband @kyoryu_kuramo is a designer and illustrator, with a talented welder for a wife who has applied her skill to their feline problems before. One such example is this custom grating she made to keep their curious cat from playing in the sink. 妻が猫入らないようにする蓋を作ったみたい。溶接工ってすごいなぁとつくづく思う pic.twitter.com/4peO2TZjZx — 倉持キョーリュー@(日)東M13a (@kyoryu_kuramo) 2017年4月7日 Knowing his wife’s skill and their cat’s penchant for mischief, @kyoryu_kuramo took advantage of his…

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Demonic Eyed Japanese Poop Robot That Spews Diarrhea Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Whether it’s the breathtakingly lifelike fish at Japan’s hotel staffed by robots, or Softbank’s cute domestic-assistant robot Pepper singing Beethoven in a choir, Japan’s constantly improving and impressing field of robotics seems to embrace all aspects of practicality, humor, and even a little bit of creepiness. One shining (well, not so shining) example of that is the DORODOROBO (ドロドロボ), featured at the Fujisawa Design Week in 2016. What separates it from other standout Japanese robots you may have seen? One look at it’s appearance and function should tell you–it’s a poop robot with terrifying demonic eyes that erupts in fecal liquid. You might simply write this off as another entry…

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Incredibly Lifelike Robot Fish Swim At Japan’s Robot-Staffed Hotel

Japan’s Henn na Hotel, or “The Strange Hotel”, recently celebrated the opening of a second branch nearby the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. The name of the hotel is a wordplay in Japanese for both “strange” and “evolving”, with both concepts being echoed by the fact that the hotel is staffed by robots and robot dinosaurs. Travel agency H.I.S. Co. has a vision for the hotel that offers both the excitement of Japan’s lauded robotics technology and what hopes to be the most efficient hotel experience in the world. The keyless hotel, which features 140 robots that do everything from carrying your luggage to cleaning your room, also…

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Tokyo Disney Land Is Getting Its Own Robot Staffed Hotel In 2017

Henn na Hotel, or The Strange Hotel, as its name translates to in English, made waves around the globe when it opened up as the world’s first robot-staffed hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki. While some took it as the dawn of the robot apocalypse, others were intrigued by the prospect of completely artificial intelligence-manned service in a hotel, and saw it as a breakthrough in the hospitality and service industry. Now the Henn na Hotel is setting its sights on the happiest place on earth, as an announced branch will be bringing a robot staffed hotel to the Tokyo Disney resort in 2017. Android receptionists–and Velociraptors, of course. Source: YouTube While…

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Robot Driven Delivery Services Expected To Launch In Japan Next Year

Japan’s knowledge and passion for robotics is pretty much known to everyone, and the country has never shied from using it for fun and quirk–a Japanese university team recently even developed a robot dog. Now thanks to a partnership between the Kuro Neko (Black Cat) Yamato delivery company and mobile portal and e-commerce company DeNa, Japanese people can soon expect self-driven cars that deliver shipments right to their door. Source: Yamato Called “Robo Neko“, or “Robot Cat”, the service will allow customers to place and track their orders via a company app. Upon delivery, it is then up to the customers to open the vehicle and unload their ordered package…

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An Anime Hologram Assistant That Lives In Your Room And Controls Your Devices

A world where you can live and interact with your favorite animated character may not be as far off and impossible as it sounds. Source: YouTube Well, to a certain degree. Gatebox, conceptually developed by Japanese startup vinclu Inc., is the world’s first “Hologram Communication Robot”, and is designed to access and control Internet of Things devices in your house in order to be your own personal assistant. Gatebox serves as a robotic device that projects an A.I. operated hologram of your favorite character to assist you with daily duties. Using hologram projection technology and a wide array of sensors, Gatebox is able to detect certain behaviors of its owner…

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Japan’s Samurai Robot: It Was Bound To Happen Sooner Or Later

We’re willing to bet that, in the broad pool of unconscious stereotypes, samurai and robots are two of the first things to come to mind when someone thinks of Japan. Well, as luck would have it, they’ve been combined in the form of–yes–a samurai robot. Or a robot samurai, take your pick! Source: YouTube In a twist that might surprise you, this samurai robot, dubbed AI-Samurai, carries no sword and isn’t used for badass activities like precision cutting or combat. Instead, artificial intelligence researchers at Nextremer to converse with humans and provide them with information. In particular, AI-Samurai was originally designed to assist visitors at events and conferences around the…

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The Lifelike Advancements Of The Japanese Robotics Industry In A Revealing Photo Series

“What About the Heart?” is a photo-series and book by Luisa Whitton that documents the advances of the robotics industry in Japan, and explores how these advances in technology affect the human identity. Source: Luisa Whitton She worked closely for months with Hiroshi Ishiguro, a renowned robotics scientist who is famous for building a robotic double of himself. Her photography , she explains, is an effort to provoke thought about the lifelike robotic appendages and how we divide the realms of human and robotic, if at all: “In the photographs, I am trying to subvert the traditional formula of portraiture and allure the audience into a debate on the boundaries…

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