Japan’s Robots: Becoming More Human
On the Cutting Edge of Robotics Research and Development
Japan has long been a leader in robotics technology, particularly in the industrial sphere. Today, though, there is a growing focus on the “human side” of robots, such as their relationship with the people who use them and even their forms. In this series we introduce a wide spectrum of examples, from popular humanoid robots to the latest original research.
- The Dolls that Sparked Japan’s Love of Robots: “Karakuri Ningyō”
The mechanical dolls of the Edo period, called karakuri ningyō, were the starting point of Japan’s love affair with robots. The intricate clockwork motors inside dolls create playful, realistic movements that capture the imagination and inspire affection.
- Building a Bear of a Robot
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has unveiled an interactive robot teddy bear that can express emotions and respond to people’s input. The robot is expected to provide companionship for the elderly in care and other facilities and facilitate communication among young children.
- Leading the World in Humanoid Robotics
Robot technology in Japan is among the most advanced in the world. In particular, Japan is the global leader in the development of humanoid robotics. Waseda University Professor Takanishi Atsuo tells us about the progress being made in this field and the possibilities for the future.