Just in time for Halloween (3Yen / 2013-10-25) and straight from the Uncanny Valley (3Yen / 2010-08-05), check out Japan’s newest robo-girl, “Sa-chan“…
Robo-guide bot Sa-chan shown above made her debut at the big robotics and advanced technologies exhibition, “HUMAN SENSing 2013″ going on at Yokohama now. Sa-chan has ten different animated faces/personalities as well as newly-developed recognition technologies for face recognition, avoidance detection, and gesture interpretation according to the always goofy Google Translate of the Expo’s press release.
Watch the video below of Sa-chan the guide-bot in action.
Our funny friends in Best Korea write…
WOW! Check out this great girl!
It’s time to move back to Japan and
get married to a vending machine…
The guy in the commercial is having a bad day. Surprisingly the vending machine shocks by asking him if he’s OK. By scanning the QR barcode with his cellphone and he can “connect” and hook up with the vending machine girl (app).
Then goes to his job and tells his coworker about the Georgia coffee machine girlfriend. The commercial show his vending machine girlfriend sending his text messages telling him things like “Cheer up,” “Smile,” and “Take it easy.”
Here’s the app if you need vending machine girlfriend…
Click for the app on Google Play…
This commercial is not science fiction.
Many Japanese Coke machines are connected to the internet to share real-time inventory and marketing data with the Coca-cola Mothership. When I buy my morning ‘can coffee,’ the machine wishes a cheery “Ohayo/Morning!” tells me it’s going to colder today and reminds me to have an umbrella because it may rain later in the day (using online weather data). The Coke machine’s LED display then offers me a QR barcode for a game app especially for a rainy day.
All in all, my daily Japanese experience is not that much different than the Vending Machine Lover shown in the above TV commercial.
Of course you might ask, “What the hell is Japanese ‘can coffee’?”
Crack-in-a-Can®, Japanese ‘can coffee’ is the secret of Japan’s success and without it this highly caffeinated country would never function before noon. Refer to Wikipedia for more Japanese “can coffee” information.
The 3Yen’s previous reports of the vending machine paradise, Japan, include:
• Japan vending machine costs an arm and a hand?
(3Yen / 2009-07-21)
• Japanese electricity waste of vending machines
(3Yen / 2012-01-24)
• Cup-o-smack™ vending machine
(3Yen / 2008-04-17)
• Ninja Vending Machine
(3Yen / 2013-04-23) ↘
Poor Geminoid F—Now she’s forced to be a handicapped Japanese robo-actress! She’s plays the youngest sister in a twisto version of Chekhov’s play, “Three Sisters.” According to the Japanese production company, the Robot Theatre Project, the adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece, "relentlessly portrays the future of the Japanese society."
In a provincial city–used to be a robot production base for a consumer electronics company and has been hallowed out due to yen’s appreciation–only a small laboratory remains now. After the death of father, who was a researcher of advanced robots, his three daughters still live in the city.
Some of our many reports of the creepy creations of Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro include:
• Dream date for Robo-Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2012-02-03)
• Geminoid sex change!
. . . . . (3Yen / 2011-03-07)
• Robo-3way with lesbian twins
. . . . . (3Yen / 2010-04-04) See right.
• Your Japanese robot
. . . . . clone awaits (3Yen / 7/21/2006)
• It it live or is it Repilee™?
(3Yen / 2006-04-24)
Way, way, waaay back in 2006, the 3yen reported on the amusingly named ‘Aquafairy’ fuel cell for auxiliary power for Docomo cell phones (3Yen 2006-07-18). Now seven years later, Aquafairy Corp. has dumped Docomo—Japan’s largest cell phone provider—and has hooked up with Rohm Co. for mass-marketing a miniaturized Hydrogen fuel cell.
Japanese start-up plans hydrogen fuel cell for 2014
Computerworld | 2013-Oct-02.
A Japanese start-up says it has finessed a technology that could finally make consumer-grade fuel cells a reality. If successful, the company, Aquafairy, would create a business where many much larger companies have failed.
Prototypes of the company’s hydrogen fuel cell technology are on show this week at the Ceatec exhibition in Japan where the company’s president, Mike Aizawa, said he hopes the first products will be on sale next year…
For more details, visit the official fairy website at: www.aquafairy.co.jp/en/
The real Aquafairy Maika…
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Mo’ betta than “Johnny Cab,” the robo-cabbie that ferried Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Total Recall, Tokyo’s largest taxi service “Kokusai” plans to install nag-bots in their cabs to chastise you for forgetting your belongings behind. This system ought to be able to spot a cellphone or a wallet that slipped out of a pocket on the way out of a cab.
Forgot Something? Tokyo Cabs Want to Make Sure You Don’t
Wall Street Journal blog | September 4, 2013
…Tokyo-based taxi Kokusai Motorcars Co. plans to equip its vehicles with a camera system that automatically detects when items are left behind…[with] four small cameras — two under the front seats, one on the ceiling, and one in the trunk — to record images of the back seat before and after a passenger enters the taxi. If a passenger leaves the car forgetting an item that wasn’t there before getting in, the system sounds an alarm ...more...
← One of Tokyo’s ubiquitous Kokusai taxis.
University of Tokyo–aka ‘Todai’—is looking for better students and is turning to A.I. robots. The problem is….
Can an AI [Robot] Get Into the University of Tokyo?
—The notorious entrance exam could be the perfect test for artificial intelligence—
IEEE Spectrum | 21 Aug 2013
…At Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), in Tokyo, a research team is trying to create an artificial intelligence program that has enough smarts to pass Japan’s most rigorous entrance exams…
…the Todai Robot performed relatively well, with 57 percent correct. “This is much better than the random baseline of 25 percent, but still much worse than average high school students.”
Learn more at the Todai Robot Project’s official website at: http://21robot.org/
…The problem is that University of Tokyo already has been admitting robotic-like students for years…
kotaku.com: Clothing stereotypes in Japanese universities
← DON’T USE THE TOILETS WITH THIS BLUETOOTH MARK!
Beware, your butt can be Bluetooth-burgled.
Japanese toilet users vulnerable to Bluetooth bidet assaults
theverge.com | 2013/8/3
High-tech Japanese toilets are vulnerable to attack from their manufacturer’s own Android app. As The Atlantic reports, a security advisory from researchers at Trustwave says all Inax Satis Bluetooth toilets have the same Bluetooth PIN (”0000″) hardcoded, allowing anyone with the My Satis Android app to control any toilet within range.
“My SAT IS™”—Who the hell names these things?
Previous warnings of the dangers of Japanese squirting toilets include:
• Japan’s squirting toilets are actually silent killers!
(3Yen / 2012-11-23)
• Techo-toilet–a ‘unique aspect of Japanese life’
(3Yen / 2011-07-05)
• BURNING BIDETS!
(3Yen / 2007-04-19)
• Sit-n-Pee—It’s Japanese!
(3Yen / 2010-05-22)
In sort of an extreme sort of pedophilia, unborn children are being made into models in Japan…3-D models that is.
For a mere $1000, expectant parents can get a rubbery replica of their fetus’ face generated from a ultrasound photo of their unborn child, and then made into a creepy 3-D printout.
Click to play happy-news video.
Pregnant Moms See Unborn Children as 3D Models
WSYX ABC6 News – July 18, 2013
… At a cost of between five-hundred and 1000 US dollars, it is an expensive process, but the company producing them says demand is soaring….Hiroo Women’s clinic in Tokyo, which is affiliated with 3D printing company Fasotec…gets a 3D model of the baby the ultrasound image has to be of the best quality. Sohda explains: “To be able to get the best images of the baby’s face, takes a bit of art (and) skill…
Visit the Fatotec website for all the creepy details on how to get baby’s rubber head, or better yet, a fetus fob for your cellphone or keychain (shown below).
“Shape of an Angel” Accessories
In what has to be a world’s first, this little Japanese robot gymnast lands a perfect Quadruple Backflip off the Horizontal Bar.
Long-time contributor to the 3Yen, MARKed TRAIL, just sent us this hot robotics tip…
Here’s a continuation of your story, Finally, Japan invents a *useful* robot (3Yen / 2013-02-15).
What MARKed TRAIL is refering to is the cruel joke that ALL of Japan’s robots failed to help in the nuke plant meltdown (3Yen / 2011-04-05). That is, Japan has spent trillions of both corporate and public money on robot development, but did no have any robots capable of helping in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster*.
Previous posts about Japan’s continued efforts in making useless wanking robots include:
• Japan’s useless anthropomorphic robots
3Yen / 2010-10-15
• 3Yen quoted by BBC & The Independent
3Yen / 2010-07-17
• Wanking automation
3Yen / 2007-08-01 | See right. ↗