Still obsessed with Japanese robots. I know I am. I wish I could buy them like those handy Japanese panty vending machines. Um and continuing on … Researchers collaborating from the Nippon Institute of Technology, Harada Vehicle Design, ZMP and ZNUG Design have just taken the wraps off another addition to the crew. The newest version of the e-NUVO walk bot stands about 4 feet tall, making it roughly the size of an elementary school aged child, and will be incorporated into classes to teach children about humanoid robots in a hands-on environment.
Ah leave it up to the Japanese to have a robots that’s hands on with kids. Here in America that robot would get 15 for 5…
So it’s come to this… Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo is just willy nilly handing out iPhone’s. Sure its basically like an Ivy league Japanese school, and you think yeah they the money. Not the case oh my brother. These school have discovered a very luxurious way to get infomation to students, and also track students. The iPhone is being used in the School of Social Informatics. The devices will be used to relay course materials and serve as a platform for students to make their own apps. A lot of university’s have devices where students press a button during class to tell the attendance nazi whether your there or not. This goes a step further and lets the professors actually see through GPS where the student actually is. However it also helps professors keep track of there students. I think this is a great idea. It integrates the functionally of the iPhone for course work, and also with out having to carry around those dumb beeper looking things.
Now comes the real dilemma. Kids could give there phones to their friends. I wouldn’t give my iPhone to somebody and be like there go to class. Ill get it later. This is the mind set the school is hoping the students will have. This sounds like its a learning tool, but definitely has the underlying tones or just keeping an eye on students without them really knowing it. Sometimes you have to give up a peace of freedom in order to have an a piece of technology. Isaac Asimov would not approve… Unless the iPhone followed the 3 Law of Robotics.
So the Japanese are always on the cutting edge. How about a variety show in space. Thats right folks, get you TiVo’s sett up for this not the be missed show. Its 16 challenges for the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. He must carry out these 16 challenges while he is on the international space system. Some are pretty simple, if your on earth. So are not so simple. A quick run down of some of the challenges. Applying eye drops, folding laundry, surfing a “magic carpet”. Check out the video of the flying carpet. Its pretty cool. Well Oh Don’t Touch My Moustache.
In Japan Fujistu’s eight-core SPARC64 VIIIfx Venus CPU is now the worlds fastest processor. This isn’t your grandmothers Pentium 2 chip. This processor makes the next 5 years of computer chips look slow. The SPARC64 can handle 128 billion calculations per second. Which blows Intel out of the water 2.5:1.
Fujistu has also has built this to be compact processor using nano-technology. Its about half the size (45nm) of its next in line competitor the Intel Itanium 2 chip. which is 90nm. Intel says its next chip will be 45nm small so Fujistu might have to step up their game.
Developers at Japan’s Osaka University are building a child robot. The child robot has a biomimetic body. So thats awesome. Whats biomimetic you say. Glad you asked. Biomimetic is human-made processes, substances, devices, or systems that imitate nature. Want more info get as smart as me.
The child robot is named CB2 such as child squared. My freaky little buddy
sports 51 air actuators, 5 motors, and 197 tactile sensors. Also has freaky alien gray silicone suit that hides its innards. The little robot boy is 4 feet and 3 inches tall, and weights 73 pounds.
The child has the capabilities of a 1-2 year old right now. They are focusing on getting the child to imitate facial expressions. The child can also walk with some human
help. I hope they hold his hand when crossing the street. Cause I will run this thing over. Thinking its an alien sent here to take over the world. As a side note, I break for E.T. I’m not heartless. Although children robots are.
CB2 is equipped with 51 air actuators, 5 motors, and 197 tactile sensors under its soft gray silicone skin. It measures about 4 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 73 pounds.
I look at these pics an I still can not figure out whats really wrong with them. They seem perfect in every way. I wish I could just have one. Maybe the umbrella headband. That would come in handy, especially when running in place. Having a pole hit you in the face. Wait… Eh. Just enjoy the pictures, and know that you missed out. Not me, I pre ordered them all, from Japan. How you ask. I called Yoshi and mailed him an apple. In 6 weeks I’ll breathe easier, and be able to cut my tie off with my scissors from my tie organizer.
Jealous? You should be… Its rumored that Nintendo will come out with these for the Wii2020 version.
The Doctor is in the house. The Dr. Hard Drive Bag is here to help. He’s trained to recover all of your lost files. He can do nothing for that pesky erection thats lasted more than 4 hours. Sorry. This cool little contraption is just a concept by Hyuh Jin Lee, he hopes to get this off the ground. Although it already is, its on a stand.
If your computer crashes and you lose files just take out this portable drive IV and presto USB drive to computer, your on the way to mending your comps broken heart. The Doctor has anti-virus installed in it, so it will scan all your files at it recovers them, and quarantine the infected ones, also looking for corrupted files as well.
Japanese sensation Tsuyoshi Kusanagi was arrested in a public park this weekend. You might remember him from the pop group SMAP. That is is your old school otaku. He was naked and screaming at the top of his lungs. He questions the arresting officer with “Whats wrong with being naked?”
Tsuyoshi is most known for his fame in South Korea also the most active member of the group. Due to this mishap, major corporate sponsors are pulling adds that feature the star. The Japanese government has expressed its disapproval of the stars action, being that he was the face of the country switching to digital television.
Tsuyoshi’s agency issued this public apology, “We apologize deeply for the trouble and worry caused to everyone, especially his fans,” the agency said in a faxed statement, adding that it would make a further announcement on Kusanagi’s future career.”
To bed. and I’m exhausted. So for your viewing pleasures, I”ll shut my jabber jaw. Here’s some videos to stimulate your inner child. That wishes they were smart. And probably being Japanese doesn’t hurt.
and my favorite robot!!