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Robotics | IoT

How a Chinese slowdown could help — or hurt — robotics

China is the most attractive market in the world for robotics suppliers, with a relatively low robot density, lots of manufacturing, and fewer regulations than in other countries. At the same time, there are plenty of things to discourage business, from worries about trade disputes and intellectual property to the recent Chinese slowdown. How should…

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Live Updates from Maker Faire Tokyo

Join us as we report live from Maker Faire Tokyo all weekend.
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The Possibilities Are Endless at Maker Faire Tokyo

Tokyo will be hosting its 6th annual Maker Faire at the beginning of August!
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Soon We’ll All Love Robots the Way Japan Loves Robots

Here is my hypothesis: Japan has a long ongoing love affair with humanoid robots. The love seems so strong that they are willing to accept faults and imperfections that to others make the robots seem eerie, if not downright creepy. Your first reaction to that may well be “so what?” I would argue that Japan’s love affair with “creepy” robots shows a glimpse of the future — not just for Japan, but likely for the world at… read more

Robot Babies From Japan Raise Questions About How Parents Bond With AI

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents”. The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these robo-tots will achieve the aim of their creators. To understand all of this it is worth exploring the reasons behind the need to promote population growth in Japan…. read more

Cucumber Machines, Adorable Felt Plushies, and More at Maker Faire Tokyo

Every year Maker Faire Tokyo impresses with the sheer number of cool things to see. If you can make it this weekend, go!
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Broken Stuffed Animals Get “Surgery” to Teach Kids About Organ Donors

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 4.05.02 PMOf the 14,000 people in Japan who need transplants, 300 receive them each year. To inspire organ donors, Second Life Toys is using plushies.

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Virtual tsunami simulator could help civilians prepare for the worst

virtual-tsunami-vr-occulus-tomokiAichi University of Technology has created three VR tsunami simulator videos, which could help people prepare for a natural disaster.

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Researchers have discovered a micro-bug that eats plastic

Photo: US Army Corps of EngineersJapanese researchers have discovered a plastic-eating microorganism called Ideonella sakaiensis, which could help break down PET plastic.

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