New Robot Built To Study Inside Of No. 1 Reactor At Fukushima Plant

New robot built to study inside of No. 1 reactor at Fukushima plantAnother robot has been developed for the elusive goal of locating melted fuel and surveying the interior of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
A team of engineers and researchers from Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning revealed the robot on Feb. 3.

Robots Lend A Helping Hand To Visitors At Haneda Airport

Robots lend a helping hand to visitors at Haneda AirportA fleet of robots was deployed to Haneda Airport in Tokyo to greet and assist the flood of visitors expected to arrive during the Lunar New Year holidays.
The testing is being conducted with an eye toward having the guide robots working full-time at the airport from 2019.

Robot Vacuum Cleaners Getting Smarter

Robot vacuum cleaners getting smarterNew robotic vacuum cleaners are being launched one after another, offering greater convenience and reliability for consumers. When buying one, it’s wise to consider which models are better suited to particular household conditions and circumstances.

Boosting Reading Comprehension Ability Key To Ai's Future Success

Boosting reading comprehension ability key to AI's future successResearchers on an artificial intelligence (AI) system called "Torobo-kun," which is being developed with an ultimate goal of passing the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo, Japan's top university, gave up on the dream for now after studies led by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) hit a snag.

Ces 2017: Panasonic Desktop Companion Robot

CES 2017: Panasonic Desktop Companion RobotPanasonic today unveiled the desktop companion robot with human-like movements and communication skills at CES 2017. The robot has a cover that looks like an egg shell, which the robot can open to reveal a built-in projector. The robot also moves back and forward, and up and down. Its features and dexterity–designed to mimic human movements–inspires people to interact with it and are made possible with Panasonic-developed servo control technology.

Chinese-speaking Robots On Show

Chinese-speaking robots on showThe Asia and Pacific Trade Center (ATC), which attracts foreigners visiting Japan from China and other countries, started a “Robot Street” event on Saturday at a commercial complex in Osaka.
“Bilingual” humanoid robots wait on customers at the event and answer questions in Japanese and Chinese, with some help from a human operator.

Panasonic Takes Grocery Self-checkouts To The Next Level

Panasonic Takes Grocery Self-Checkouts To The Next LevelSelf-checkout counters/lanes at grocery stores aren’t new. Maybe some people prefer bagging their own groceries, or maybe some people think it’s faster than standing in line. Either way it’s an idea that’s been done before, but over in Japan, Panasonic has a plan that could take self-checkouts to the next level.

Nursing Care Facilities Turning To Robots But Hurdles Remain

Nursing care facilities turning to robots but hurdles remainNursing care facilities are proactively introducing care robots in the face of workforce shortages with incentives planned by the government for care service providers that use such robots.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will consider increasing nursing care benefits and review the standards for staff assignments at facilities that have introduced such devices when the ministry revises the nursing care remuneration system for fiscal 2018.