Jul 052013
 
Kids Making Robots: An NPO Steps Up to Bolster Japan's Rural Robot Resurgence

Everybody knows Japan is awesome at robots, but younger generations might be missing the practical, hands-on, mechanical education that enabled their forebears to create awesome robots and automation processes. Enter Robot Summer School!

May 242013
 
Japanese Robot Fiction: Inspiring Pacific Rim, Looking Cool, Existing in Vast Quantities, Etc.

Anthrobotic’s Technosnark©®™ team leader, now locked into deep, dorky romance with Akihabara News, attempts to show why Pacific Rim owes huge props to giant Japanese robots, and then after that just writes a long squishy love letter to J-robots of all sizes.

Apr 282013
 
Matt Denton (MANTIS) and Kogoro Kurata (KURATAS) are Robotics Rockstars

Weak: Science coverage in large-scale media outlets; Strong: Calling them on it; Better: Celebrating pure science for science’s sake exemplified by the awesomeness that is the recently unveiled six-legged MANTIS robot, vis-a-viś last year’s KURATAS robot mech.

Apr 212013
 
Sony Was Awesome at Robots; Not So Much With Reality

In 2006, to refocus and save cash, Sony canceled two of the most advanced robotics projects in history. Then we got 46 new VAIO models and an updated PSP that 4 people bought and they lost billions anyway. BRING BACK QRIO & AIBO!