Look out granny!
Japanese scientists of the RIKEN research institute have released a new experimental nursing care robot, “ROBEAR.”
According to RIKEN’s press release of February 23rd, the ROBEAR can performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed or wheelchair and, will provide impetus for research on the creation of robots that can supplement Japan’s need for new approaches to care-giving
Ri-i-i-ight—Granny is gonna love this. ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ
Sadly, these nursing care robots of the RIKEN Institute have been around forever. RIBA-II, the care-giving Teddy Bear (3Yen.com / 2011-08-03) shown above has been in development for a long time without any the bear-bots going into practical use in nursing homes and hospitals.
The 3Yen first reported years ago about the predecessor of the RIBA, the RI-MAN robot in: Stroke my soft machine (3Yen / 2006-03-01)
Other Bear-bot reports on the 3Yen have included:
. . . —Care-bots for elderly…again (3Yen.com / 2013-06-22)
. . . —Bear-bot that reads your tweets (3Yen.com / 2011-01-26)
. . . —Robo-teddy vs Alzheimer’s (3Yen.com / 2010-10-08 )
After wasting zillions of yen and contributing to near-bankruptcy of the company, Sony’s famous flagship robot dog, AIBO™, was put to sleep in 2006. (3Yen 2006-01-27) →
At the same time around 2005-2006, Boston Dynamics introduced BigDog™ (Wiki) that has move well into the realm of “usefulness” unlike Japan’s failed robo-efforts (3Yen quoted by the BBC and The Independent). Check out “Spot,” the latest version of BigDog. ↓
BostonDynamics’ BigD0g r0b0t is pretty familiar…but this …smaller c0usin—Sp0t weighs 160 pounds, while BigD0g weighs in at 24O pounds…Sp0t is pretty light on its feet…more via Slate
Yikes! A robo-centuria—100-robot tactical unit—is coming for us!
Robot dance troupe does ‘the robot’ in Tokyo
The Guardian | 2015/jan/20
Also check out the previous 3Yen report about Tomotaka Takahashi’s obviously evil, robo-child soldiers at: (3Yen.com / 2005-11-04)
Humanoid Robot Wars
It’s amazing how hard Japanese engineers have to work to get a date…
… Asuna is a hyperreal android built to look just like your average 15 year old girl. Every single detail from her skin to her eyes to her hair are meant to look like something that you would see on a real person. Designed by the robotics masterminds at A-Lab Co. Ltd. she is even capable of talking to people. While some believe her to be a bit eerie in her resemblance to an actual human…
RocketNews24 / 2014nov04: Real life android looks almost too real
android by hongjapan
Asuna-chan, the goofy gynoid might look “a bit eeire” but not as much as this pole dancing Booty Bot recently exhibited by Jordan Wolfson (website).
Previous dancing robots reported on the 3Yen include:
Once again Japan proves its superior robot technology!…
Waxing your banana is now easy with Japan’s latest W-FAP™ that power syncs with your favorite wankadelic videos and kinkyazoid games!
Vorze: Electronic fleshlight that syncs to your favorite movies and ero-games!
—Tokyo Scum Brigade (@TokyoScum) October 23, 2014
And be sure not to miss the previous 3Yen reports on robohand jobs that include:
. . • ‘Talk to the hand’ (3Yen / 2012-04-14)
. . • Handroid — robo-hand (3Yen / 2011-09-03)
. . • Fist of Japan (3Yen.com / 2009-06-30)
And your all-time favorite…
. . • Wanker Expo↓ (3Yen.com /2007-08-01 )
. . . . . . ....
The 3Yen’s world correspondent, R. Pongi, writes:
The Rest Of The World
Japan Toy Maker to Introduce ‘Mind-Reading’ Gadget
Japan Real Time – Wall Street Journal blog | 2014/10/02
…Japan’s Tomy Co. may help bring a person’s hidden feelings to the surface, or at least allow party-goers to play at doing so …
… the company said this week it would release on Oct. 30 the Mind Scanner, a gadget attached to the head that can be used to determine a person’s emotional state by monitoring his or her pulse with infrared light.
Previous 3Yen reports of Japanese brain reading devices include:
Let’s ‘nubot’ happy! Creepy love video chat and granny monitoring—only in Japan.
nubot by nuuo—
The Video Chat Doll as if you are there—people are using video-chat services more often such as skype and google hang out in business and everyday life…nubot presents the new style using video-chat service…more….
Oh just great—Murata Corporation’s new Cheerleader Robots balance on their balls while preparing to suck your soul…
Previous posts about Japan’s continued efforts in making useless wanking robots include:
• Finally, Japan invents a *useful* robot, Part 2
3Yen / 2013-07-09
• 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. ↗
“Edel Sand” aka the Mysterious Sandbox (え～でる すなば ふしぎな すなあそび)
In this prototype video game by Japan’s SEGA, the user goofs around in a real sandbox and a video projector overlays “enhanced” images of the game onto sand…just watch the video…
Checkout the official website at: edel-sand.sega.jp (in Japanese)
An important thing to notice is that when its available, electric charging is free at parking lots in Kanto/the Greater Tokyo Area. It just to much hassle to meter the electricity delivered and add that tiny cost to already substantial parking fees in Tokyo.
With judicious planning—there’s an app for that—a person with a plug-compatible electric car could avoid ever having to buy “fuel.”
For example, my local IKEA and my ward office offer free charging stations in their parking lots as do most of the larger expressway rest stops. Refer to the charging station information at: ev.gogo.gs
When I buy a new car, it would be stupid not buy a full EV/Electric Vehicle since I could charge up an EV with my carport’s rooftop solar cells—ZERO “fuel” costs, W0ot!