Late last May, two members of the megapopular idol group “AKB48″ had to be hospitalized after they were attacked by a crazed fan wielding with a saw during the group’s meet ’n' greet. Since then there has been much angst about how to safely hold akushukai / “handshaking” events.
Many ideas have been suggested (3Yen / 2014-05-26 ), but the following was the most “Japanese” solution.
Translation: This new video conference system that can shake hands was created by a research group of the University of Osaka. The system allows you to remotely shake hands with a distant person by tele-connecting them using a robot pseudo-hand during an online conversation.
In a previous report we wondered:
Will the über-prestigious Univ. of Tokyo be the 1st to admit A.I. robot students? —(3Yen | 2013-08-22)
Increasingly, Japanese news reports say the answer is, “Yes.“
Ky0d0news.jp | 2014 March 2nd
Created for special operations by TOA Heavy Industries Corporation Ltd., this prototype of a male-version of a synthetic human claims to have a self-development type A.I. installed (which is very believable for a fcuking toy that only costs 120 dollars). Initially, TOA Heavy Industries says this male-type synthetic will be stationed at their headquarters as an “Agent.” Ri-i-i-ight. (￢_￢)
東亜重工 – TOA Heavy Industries
According to TOA’s website, their synthetic human can handle a variety of working environments and has exceptional “combat ability.” Toa goes on to, explain: Due to being a prototype, his outer aspects are incomplete, making the facial part just a shell that mimics the human face.
東亜重工 合成人間 – TOA HEAVY INDUSTRIES SYNTHETIC HUMAN
Ok, ok, these synthetic humans are from the manga comic “Biomega” that has:
AI companions working as agents sent by TOA Heavy Industries to retrieve humans with the ability to resist and transmute the N5S infection, which is spreading across the world, turning humans into “Drones”; disfigured, zombie-like beings [in other words, salarymen].
Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s synthetic humans include:
• J-bots invade the Uncanny Valley (3Yen / 2010-08-05)
• Tokyo’s Fembot Bar (3Yen / 2012-07-28)
• Japan’s govn’t to build fun Gundams! (3Yen / 2012-06-27)
As winners at last week’s Grammy Awards, you were sure to notice the stellar appearance of the Daft Punk robots…
In fact the Daft Punk robots are such favorite that most larger Japanese electronics stores you buy your own helmet, plug in, and join The Collective. (^_-)｡☆
↑ Japanese shopping for robot head mask at a Yamada Denki store.
Learn the rest-of-the-story of these Japanese robot heads ↓ in the COMMENTS section.
Sumitomo Corporation has decided to go with a truth-in-advertising approach and their recruiting division has decided to show prospective new hires exactly what is in store for them.
The recruiting video for Sumitomo salarymen-bots is by ‘World Order’ aka Genki Sudo (3Yen 2011-03-25) shows more of the true nature of Japanese life than would be expected.
On Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” tour in Tokyo, Sunday, December 1st, she poses for the press with her life-sized, silicone f*ck dolls to promote her promotion of promoting (or something).
Can robots upstage Lady Gaga in Tokyo?
The Japan Times | 2013/12/01
…Lady Gaga, in Japan to promote her new album “Artpop,” was presented Sunday with four life-size dolls resembling her, created using precise anatomical measures and realistic silicone skin…
…The special state-of-the-art dolls were created by Orient Industry in Tokyo, a company that specializes in synthetic “love dolls.”
Previous posts of endless Japanese silicone love include:
• Love dolls for doggies! (3Yen / 2009-10-17)
• Tokyo Disneyland bus full of freakazoids (3Yen / 2009-03-08)
• i-doloids! Love Dolls for Japan (3Yen / 2008-01-04)
• Japanese Pro-Wrestler love dolls (3Yen / 2006-03-03)
Today the Australian newspaper website, smh.com , reported on goofy Japanese Robots to paint nails showcased at Tokyo tech exposition.
… Toyo Riki demonstrated a “Robo Nailist”, an industrial robot arm which uses its incredible precision to apply layers of nail varnish, which it decorates with miniscule crystal rhinestones in the very latest fashion.
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.
domo arigato mr roboto
View the entire 7-picture sideshow of the pimpbot/pedobot/whatever-bot recruiting in the Tokyo area, which was ripped off from juergenspecht.com.
—Report by the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, Den4
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)