Japanese designs strawberry picking robot

On December 2, 2010, in Robotics, Technology, by Mike Jefferson

We have seen a lot of amazing robots from Japan, and today we have another robot from this amazing country. Unlike other robots that can walk, talk or even sing, this one can pick strawberries.

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Automakers are always constantly brainstorming for new ideas, these also include robots. Like Honda’s ASIMO robot, Toyota’s new humanoid prototype hopes to portrait us and the functions and capabilities which we take for granted in our everyday lives. Toyota’s new humanoid stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kg, its legs have seven degrees of freedom allowing it to run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, their rival – ASIMO’s maximum speed is only 6km/h. In order to achieve this, Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force (for example, when a 100m race gets dirty!) is applied while it is in motion.

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Sometime ago, we saw that Takara was capable of coming up some neat Transformer mp3 players, these attracted a considerable amount of attention across many blogs. Now Takara Tomy has done it again by introducing their latest ROBO-Q tiny adorable robots. Thought with a heavy price tag of $42 for a robotic toy of its size, the ROBO-Q robots definitely won’t disappoint.

…about the size of a human thumb, yet its heart and mind are big enough to understand commands via remote control. There’s even obstacle recognition software built-in to keep it from toppling over gigantic foreign objects



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This was a guest post written by the editors of LaptopLogic.com – Laptop Reviews and News

Honestly. Why do we still call them phones? Though they are definite communication devices, users talk less and opt for quicker methods of exchanging information. We could live with out them, but when they offer everything from music to streaming video and restaurant suggestions, why would we?

NTT DoCoMo and Sharp Corporation Combine Forces With Nissan In September 2008, a new partnership of Japanese manufacturers and service providers announced the development of another mobile phone function that will do for the Nissan Auto Corporation and DoCoMo what the iPhone did for AT&T in the United States. NTT DOCOMO and Sharp Corporation have developed a first of its kind mobile phone that also operates as an intelligent key. For future users, this means locking and unlocking an intelligent key enabled Nissan, as well as starting and shutting off the engine — all with the push of a couple buttons on their handset. All companies involved plan to consider the 2009 response when the phone is released commercially, and will move toward potential ventures if the phone is a hit. Potential users, especially those in the market for a new car and a new mobile phone, will likely bite early at the opportunity to own another slice of Japanese technology. DoCoMo was the perfect fit for the venture, being the king of Japanese mobile communications and offering one well executed marketing plan after another, while also serving as a huge opportunity for Sharp. The opportunity is even bigger for Nissan, which has taken a hit with the rest of the auto industry, due to present economical woes. Perhaps Ford or GM should collaborate with AT&T and Apple to see if that doesn’t help turn around wounded and ailing American auto industry.Keeping Up With the Japanese Joneses in the Mobile World When it comes to mobile technology, the U.S. certainly does not have all of the options available in Japan.

While the new Sharp handset is nice to look at and offers innovative functions, how important are these functions? To some extent, you can justify all mobile functions, but by now you’ve probably thought of several scenarios in which you wouldn’t want your cell phone opening your car and starting the engine! Having your cell phone stolen could potentially create a lot more problems. A poor hypothetical situation, but at least a reminder for why we don’t need this technology in the U.S. just yet. Once we can plug a foldable keyboard into our phones as a laptop replacement, then we’ll take the intelligent key technology!

Japanese researchers at Takashima R&C Laboratory have developed the world’s first saxaphone-playing robot, which is capable of playing highly complex pieces such as John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”.

Video following the quick jump…

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