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Amazon to Launch Echo AI Speaker for Japanese Market Next Week (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)—Amazon Japan said Wednesday it will launch three models of its Echo artificial intelligence-based smart speaker that supports the Japanese language. Amazon's Japanese-enabled Echo smart speaker at its unveiling in Tokyo on November 8, 2017. (© Jiji) Amazon Japan will start shipping the new gadget next week. Orders will be accepted at the company's website. The …

Sony to Revive Aibo Robot Dog after 12-Year Hiatus (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)—Sony said Wednesday that it will launch the fully remodeled Aibo canine robot on January 11 next year, marking the return of the robot pet after a hiatus of 12 years. Equipped with artificial intelligence and communications function, the new Aibo is much smarter than its predecessors. The new Aibo robot on display at Sony headquarters in Tokyo on November 1, 2017.…

Tokyo Hotel to Introduce Auto-Delivery Robot (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—A hotel in central Tokyo on Thursday unveiled an autonomous robot that will be used to deliver goods to guest rooms, slated to be in service from October for the first time in Japan. The Relay delivery robot makes its debut in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel near Tokyo's Shinagawa Station in October 2017. Items placed in its carrying compartment are automatically delive…

Bird-Shaped Robot Developed for English Conversation Practice (News)

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref., Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese education software developer CAI Media Co. recently developed a bird-shaped robot for English learners to practice conversation, using artificial intelligence and "Internet of things" technologies. Making use of a cloud service with massive data collected online, the robot Charpy can respond to learners in natural conversations based on t…

Step by Step: New Walking Rehabilitation Robot Holds Promise for Aging Population (Japan in Photos)

Toyota on April 12, 2017, unveiled a robot developed in cooperation with Fujita Health University that assists in rehabilitation efforts of people who have suffered strokes or have other medical conditions that impair their ability to walk. Rentals of machines to medical treatment facilities are expected to begin in September of this year. Japan is increasingly looking to robots, a field where…

A Robotic Arm with a Sense of Touch

A research group at Keiō University has developed a soft robotic arm that can adjust the strength of its grip according to what it grasps. Its movements are delicate enough to pick up a potato chip.

Robotic Phone to Be Rented to Visitors to Japan (News)

Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)—Railway operator Keikyū Corp., electronics maker Sharp Corp. and two other companies said Wednesday they will join hands in a rental service for a robot-shaped mobile phone, "RoBoHoN," mainly targeting visitors to Japan. RoBoHoN, released by Sharp last year, will be available for rent at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda from April 25. The handset can take pi…

“Strange” Robot-Themed Hotel Opens in Tokyo Area (News)

Tokyo, March 15 (Jiji Press)—Major Japanese travel agency H.I.S. Co. opened on Wednesday a "Henn na Hotel," meaning "strange hotel" in Japanese, where dinosaur-type robots greet guests at the reception, in Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. A robot dinosaur clerk at the self-styled "strange hotel" in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, looks on as a guest checks in via tablet on March 15, 2017…

Robot Runway: Pepper’s Fashion Show Debut (Video)

A Tokyo fashion show for SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper featured outfits designed for the airport, hospital, and construction site.

Flying High in the Sky: AI-equipped Atom Boy Robot Kit Goes on Sale (Japan in Photos)

Publisher Kōdansha on February 22 announced its new weekly magazine based on Tezuka Osamu’s famous Astro Boy character to commemorate the ninetieth birthday of the manga legend. The entire 70-issue series will cost around ¥180,000, and each installment will come with a piece of an AI-equipped robot based on Tezuka’s mechanical superhero. When complete, the build-it-yourself Astro Boy will stan…

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