A bot by any other name Is this the end of the line for Asimo, Japan’s famed robot? Agence France-Presse | July 01, 2018 …Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported that the Japanese carmaker had terminated Asimo and dissolved the team making one of the world’s most famous humanoid robots. More…
Of course Honda had to kill ASIMO. He didn’t do anything (except waste mountains of money of Honda).
As I was previously quoted complaining in the press:
Decades of creating fantasy robots, like Asimo, Aibo, Roborior et al, has bankrupted the research and development departments of Japan while not resulting in any viable products. —The Independent (2010-07-17)
‘Secret weapon’ for countermeasures against crop damage
‘Super Monster Wolf’ launched in Chiba prefecture July 11th goofy Google Translate of The Sankei Shimbun | 2017-July-09
To prevent serious damage by wildlife to rice paddies, such as wild boar ravaging crops in Chiba Prefecture, the JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) of Kisarazu City have released a “secret weapon”: a robot scarecrow modeled on a Hokkaido wolf, the “Super Monster Wolf.” It barks and howls with a great vigor up to 90 decibels, and it has infrared sensors that cause the wolf’s eyes to flicker red like a flame when agricultural pests like boar or deer are detected…
…The JA has developed the Super Monster Wolf with the cooperative research of Hokkaido University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and University, and Okita Seiki Corporation over the past seven years…
…Besides loud wolf noises, the robot scarecrow can produce a variety of surprising sounds such as the firing of a gun as well as several dozen artificial sounds that pest species find uncomfortable, and it can blast these noises over area is about 1 square kilometer. For power the Super Monster Wolf is connected to a battery and solar panel…
A few of our many previous scarecrow reports include:
Poor Paro, the unemployed robo-seal —Back in 2010 I reported that after five years of trials/PR, $15 USD million in development costs and sales of fewer than 1,300 bots, Paro—the socially interactive, therapy robot for the elderly, was basically unemployed. Nobody wanted it—just a big fail.
Now, a decade after it was created, one leftover Paro shows up “working” in a Florida nursing home. Weird.
Seal of approval: Robotic pet helps comfort dementia patients Daytona Beach News-Journal | 2017-May-29
“Paro” is a term derived from the Japanese abbreviation for “personal robot.” The seal is manufactured in Japan by the Intelligent System Co…more…
Besides yesterday’s post about Japan’s dead PEPPER robot receptionist, here are just a few of our many previous reports of Japan’s failed social robots:
Japanese ‘smart hotel’ to offer lower rates with stupid robots (news.3yen.com/2015-01-28/new-japanese-smart-hotel-to-offer-lower-rates-with-stupid-robots/)
Pedo-Bear is back, and now he wants granny! (news.3yen.com/2015-02-24/pedo-bear-is-back/)
‘Hello, I want to suck your soul.’ (news.3yen.com/2015-04-16/hello-i-want-to-suck-your-soul/
I first laughed about the lame humaniod Pepper robot of Softbank Japan back in 2015. Designed as receptionist for telecom giant Softbank’s phone stores, Pepper never had much value even a Walmart style greeter. Now all the Peppers are going into deep funk.
I think this pepper represents the feels of all of us, incl the staff, every time you enter a SoftBank store. pic.twitter.com/tLNNuvrmGU
Do you remember that dead Tamagotchi that fell behind your desk drawer in the late ’90s?
Well, ßan Dai Corp. wants you to resurrect it by solving the puzzle “Tamagotchi n!× CRAP Station“, which is a time capsule for the 20th anniversary of the device: tamagøtchi20th.cøm
College students, let’s incontinence experience!
—Nursing & medical care “Super-VR Attraction” at the “Nico Nico Super Conference 2016″— KAI-YOU.net | 2016.04.29 (Google Translate)
… We asked Nyan Shibata, currently in her fourth year of university, to have a VR (virtual realty) incontinence experience…
At the moment air is fed in, it reproduces the state of incontinence state with subtle warmth and feeling of pressure.
“Wow, oh, oh!” Miss Shibata’s to voice and facial expression indescribably changed as they started the incontinence device.
“Actually it was like taking a leak—Rather than discomfort, embarrassment has won,” she said, a little dazed.
…the “Incontinence Study Group” wants to this “incontinence experience” to help in training for nursing and medical fields…The group is not part any laboratory of the University of Electro-Communications. It’s only a club activity and has not applied yet for corporate support for further research. More…
The above sad photo of Japan’s Softbank’s “Pepper” robots was taken at the 2015 International Robot Exhibition. The four-day event in Tokyo presents the newest robots from over 450 companies and organizations.
Our previous reports of sad-sack Japanese robots include: