Japan’s NSK unveils a Guide Dog Robot that’s legally blind

Nikkei Tech-On! | Nov 10, 2011 | TOKYO—NSK Ltd exhibited a four-legged guide dog robot at the International Robot Exhibition 2011… When the user stands next to the robot, “NR003,” holds its grip and applies a force to the grip in the direction to which the user wants to go, the robot guides the user to the direction…the robot is that it can go up and down stairs…by the employment of the four legs and the development of a technology to use a range image sensor to recognize stairsmore

Yeah, yeah, the NR003 guide K9 has a “range sensor” that can identify stairs and obstacles right in front of it; but it cannot see speeding cars bearing down on it from a distance. I’d rather have a Labrador Retriever than this blind dog-bot.

Note: The above photo of the NR003 robot guide-bot is “enhanced” and it originally looks like this.

Meanwhile in Japan…

Previous 3Yen coverage of Japan’s lust for wankerbots include…

Your Japanese robot clone awaits

Android robot that looks like Professor Ishigurohe Robots on Yahoo! News / Thu Jul 20, 10:47 PM ET….the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, right, of Osaka University looks at an android robot that looks exactly like him in Kyoto, western Japan…. cost about 30 million yen (US$258,000) to develop, is remote-controlled to speak and can wear carbon copy expressions of Ishiguro…more…

Gr-r-r-at! Now I can be in two places at once.race-queen-osaka-motor-show.jpg
Professor Ishigurohe wants to send his robot clone to travel on long trips to meetings and conferences. He even said that androids ould replace the “race queens” at motor shows and, “Then you don’t need to hire beautiful women.”
Noooooo! Not that!

UPDATE!!
Watch the videos of the mad professor and robo-clone here at Pink Tentacle.

Robo Bojutsu Badass

humanoid robot 'HRP-2 Promet' of Kawada Industries
Robots on Yahoo! : A humanoid robot ‘HRP-2 Promet’ of Kawada Industries performs a martial art during a demonstration at the 2005 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo November 30, 2005.

Actually, I cannot tell from the photo whether this is the martial art bojutsu (the Art of the Staff) or the rarer Bonote (the ‘Art the Stick’) and I doubt that the reporter would understand or make the differentiation a fighting technique and a ritual. Bojutsu (棒術) is where Japanese kendo came from, but bonote is a stylized form, like a ritualistic dance. Bonote is part entertainment and part religious ceremony to frighten away evil spirits.

Anyway, visit Kawada Industries’s official website to read the specs and overview of humanoid robot ‘HRP-2 Promet’. Then go an see several videos ‘HRP-2 Promet’ opening a can of whoopass.