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)
Need to spray your crops? These guys have a DIORAMA!! WITH A #DRONE!! #tokyo
Ha, ha, I misread your “DIORAMA WITH A DRONE” for that crop-sprayer as a ‘DARUMA WITH A DRONE.’ wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
Damn, not having a Daruma Drone (達磨ドローン) was a real lost opportunity in the crop-sprayer’s design aesthetic.
Tokyonama, importer/distributer of original products from Japan–Geneva/Tokyo
‘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:
In an effort to compensate for Japan’s years of continued low rankings in world condom size..Japan develops a snake-like strap-on robot to help in bedroom disasters.
Japanese team develops snake-like strap-on to help in disasters The Japan Times | June 12, 2017
SENDAI — A research team says it has developed a snake-like strap-on robot that can climb over debris and rubble by shooting a jet of air to lift its front end from the ground…
A few of our previous reports of the hinky robots of Japan 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
How the Brew a Christmas Coffee Using a Wooden ROBO-BARISTA the Japanese Way
Download special Nescafé app and fire it up.
On the BARISTA app, select the emoticon that best fits your current mood.
Observe that your emoticon then transforms into a cute bird character (which suspiciously looks like stealth Twitter marketing) and appears on the screen at Nescafé Barista i-coffee moment ensemble machine.
Also watch that at the same time, a wooden ball is released from the top of the wooden i-coffee moment ensemble machine instrument to play a Christmas melodies* as it rolls down striking the tuned xylophone-like steps.
Finally, your coffee poops out of the bottom of the robo-barista
Remove your cup and drink coffee
You can enjoy this Rube Goldberg coffee machine in Tokyo’s Harajuku from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday Dec. 25. Derived from popular Japanese pitagorasu/ピタゴラス/Pythagorean devices, this contraption looks like a massive coffee mug measuring about three and half meters tall and three meters wide. A wooden ball is released from the top into a staircase-shaped maze that plays Christmas songs* as it rolls downwards striking the tuned xylophone steps on its way in a whimsical and entertaining display. The contraption consists of 180 xylophone-like keys and 1450 individual parts. Its construction required approximately five months and utilized laser machining as well as a number of other frou-frou technologies.
*The Christmas songs performed are:
We wish you a Merry Christmas
Joy to the World
Our previous Christmassy reports of Japanese fun include:
VJ Day (not Vagina Day) has come and past on August 15th, and today is the anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945, aka ″Loser Day.″
So, enjoy this self driving, robo-ricksha dressed in the uniform of Japanese soldier that is meant as a Chinese ″memorial″ of victory over Japan.
Robotic Japanese Rickshaw Driver May Be Strangest WWII Memorial weirdasianews.com | 2016/08/15
… The inventor of the robo-ricksha says the, “robot can walk, turn, and run on command, while also pulling the one-seater rickshaw. He hopes the popularity gained by his invention…will allow him to build a robotic army depicting Chinese resistance to the Japanese Empire during World War II…more…
PM Abe wants a ‘robot speaker’ to stand in for him during Diet debates Mainichi Japan | March 2, 2016
…at a dinner at the prime minister’s official residence on March 1, …Abe apparently said he wanted the robotic proxy as he looked back on the budget deliberations, after the recent test run of a self-driving taxi came up in conversation...more…
Interestingly back in July of 2015 (ibtimes.co.in), China anticipated this robot need and already offered a robo-replacement Prime Minister Abe as you can see on the left and below in this youtube news video…
A few of our many previous reports of replacements for Japanese include: