Torture Tech — newest idea for Japanese workers

That’s cold: Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC
phys.org / AFP | July 26, 2018
Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air.
Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin and electronics giant NEC said Thursday they have begun trialling the system, which monitors the movement of the employee’s eyelids with a camera attached to a computer.
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All I can say is, "fcuking good luck with that."
When I worked at Hitachi, a good 20 percent of the workforce was sound asleep at their desks after lunch 1:45pm.
And, I would gladly pretend to sleep to set the office’s air conditioner thermostat lower 28°C (82°F), which the tech guideline the government has set for torturing employees.
 


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‘OH MY GOD! They killed ASIMO!’

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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…Asimo-gives-up

 
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)

 

Ok, ok, ASIMO did allow Honda get their investment back in RoboButtsecks (3Yen | 2007-12-21)asimo robot buttsecks

Also check out our previous post: ASIMO does stairs (and doesn’t) (3Yen | 2007-01-12)


 


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‘Super Monster Wolf’ robot

 

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‘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:

 



This Japanese robot’s fate was SEALed

PARO robot
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.

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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 Comore

 
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/

 



R.I.P. Japan’s PEPPER robot

 
RIP-Pepper
 

 
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.


 
“ペッパー・パンデミック” meaning “Pepper Pandemic”?
Nah.
Softbank’s Pepper robot was introduced in June 2014 so the Li batteries of the earlier model’s are at end-of-life. RIP-Pepper

 

Our previous reports of Japan’s crapbots include:

 



 


Tamagotchi CRAP Station

egg-tamagotchiDo 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

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Our previous ßan Dai related reports include:

 




Japan’s wanking VR ‘release’

The Adult VR (Virtual Reality) Expo will be held at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro this weekend. moguravr.com/adult-vr-expo-2016

The VR product shown below is described by goofy Google Translate as…

quoter leftDream of the penis warp machine— Once the interpolation is to Ona-hole, warp the penis is in the vagina of a favorite of that girl! Different dimension of pleasure strikes you!quoter right

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Our previous reports of Japanese wanking tech include:

 



 

VR pee-pee pants simulator, from Japan of course

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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.
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You can also view a less fun Japanese explanation of the Urine Incontinence Experience…

 
Previous puerile pee-pee posts include:

 



 

Salaryman love dolls?

Just in time for Japanese “White Day” when Japanese men reciprocate for Japanese Valentine’s Day gifts that only women give men…JAPAN-TECHNOLOGY-EXPO

scmp.comA series of salaryman heads created on 3D printers by the Japanese animation house, Bijou.

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Previous reports of White Day include:

 


 


 

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: