Continuing the Japanese tradition of robots nobody needs

In the tradition of Japanese robots that nobody needs, Nissan has created self-parking, robotic, desk chairs.

Robot Nursing Bear Nissan’s “INTELLIGENT PARKING CHAIR” continues in the long line of useless Japanese robots like this Robo-teddy
that wants to sweep you off your feet and cuddle.

Other Japanese crap-bots include:



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8 thoughts on “Continuing the Japanese tradition of robots nobody needs”

  1. “…Japanese robots that nobody needs, Nissan has created…”

    French, Nissan is french…

    Don’t make me punch you, that would turn into a paralympic pillow fight with double coma at the end… If I even manage to lift a pillow in the first place…

  2. Coligny wrote:
    “…French, Nissan is french…”

    French, Japanese. Useless either way.

  3. Nissan eliminated an intern’s $11,000 per year job so the company could afford to buy $750,000 worth of robot chairs…ri-i-i-i-ight.

  4. Breaking news:
    `Self-parking chair ejects butthead bucho/manager out the window of a sixth floor meeting room.´

  5. Japan’s personal service robots are novel, interesting—and useless
    Quartz | 2016-May-08
    Service robots need artificial intelligence (AI) to navigate real-world variables and realize their potential. While Japan excels at making high-tech physical goods, it doesn’t stand out in software or AI—unlike, say, Google parent Alphabet, whose AI program AlphaGo recently beat top players of Go, a complex board game much beloved in Japan.
    The government worries that foreign companies like Alphabet and IBM will lead the charge in AI.
    “Should Japan lag behind in terms of ideas about robot development or business models… [the country] will draw more concerns over the situation in Japan where craftsmanship enjoys a victory but business suffers a defeat,” officials at Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry (METI) said…
    …Wakamaru, a helper robot Mitsubishi Heavy Industries introduced in 2005. Mitsubishi initially hoped to sell 100 Wakamarus. The robots would act as guides and receptionists at homes and offices, able to tap into the internet to read off weather reports and emails.
    … By 2007 they were only available for rent and largely forgotten.
    “I probably shouldn’t show you this,” said Yoshio Matsumoto, a service-robots researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo. The photo that pops up on his computer shows dejected-looking Wakamarus crowded in a cage on the grounds of Osaka University, which helped develop them. A sign shows these once-hot robots are now on their way to the rubbish heapmore...

  6. Japan’s useless robots are touted as valuable for Japan’s aging population

    Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope…

  7. ‵‵…the future has been slow to arrive. Japanese hotels and banks are, by global standards, heavily overstaffed despite the country’s demographic crunch. Most supermarkets have not embraced the automated checkouts common elsewhere, nor airlines self-service check-ins. The offices of Japan’s small and medium-sized enterprises are among the most inefficient in the developed world, chides McKinsey, a management consultancy…′′

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