Jun 072016
Robots Dubstepped: iREX by iPHONE (VIDEO)

In December of 2015, hundreds of the world’s most advanced robots crowded the massive Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center for the biennial iREX International Robot Exhibition. You might be surprised how well an iPhone 6s Plus does with that.

Jan 192014
What to Expect from Robotics in 2014: Google, Japan, and Much More (VIDEOS)

In addition to the most visible and flashy robotics projects, there is a burgeoning world of robotics development out there set to spark the imaginations of another generation of nerd and engineering culture and beyond. This year, we will see some truly amazing things – things the media have barely touched on, and not all of it revolves around Google.

Oct 282013
Japanese Exoskeleton Update: Does Team Skeletonics have new gear? (VIDEO)

We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it’s pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

Mar 302013
BREAKING NEWS: Anthrobotic.com Releases Technosnark Virus into Mainstream Media

The technology dork in charge at Anthrobotic.com has infected yet another online news source: Japan Today’s beautifully made INSIGHT MAGAZINE. If you’ve got an iPad, subscribe! If you don’t have an iPad, get an iPad – then subscribe!

Mar 222013
Robots for Japan: talk with them, move with them, live with them... All in time.

Japan’s going to be running out of people, and apparently a lot of the kids these days just don’t wanna, you know, do it. So, naturally – robots, yo.

Mar 152013
An Upside to Fukushima: Japan’s Robot Renaissance

This piece is not a memorial, but hopefully a brief insight into how a terrible natural disaster has invigorated Japan’s robotics industry and brought to light a problem affecting all industrialized societies.

Jan 172013
Activelink Power Loader Gives HAL Some Competition, but Who's Going to Fukushima?

Japan’s got the best robot exoskeletons, and the best among them is Cyberdyne’s HAL. But there’s a new Power Loader in town, and HAL better stay on it’s game – which is also presented here as a wildly generalizing analogy for Japan’s floppy electronics industry.