It’s a special time in Japan right now with this being Japan Robot Week. What is Robot Week? It’s a look at the many technical marvels that can be found everywhere in Japan from hulking machines that handle heavy lifting to digital machines that encourage you to exercise. Robots are many and varied in the land of the rising sun and thanks to The Japan Times, there’s a cool presentation video which illustrates the point.
Here’s a new trailer for the upcoming 3DCG film starring everyone’s favourite blue robotic cat, Doraemon. The movie is being co-directed by Takashi Yamazaki who previously helmed Always, Space Battleship Yamato and Ryuichi Yagi who has Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki on his resume.
Based on the 1st episode of the manga, “Mirai no Kuni Kara Harubaru to”, Stand by Me Doraemon will be hitting Japanese cinemas on the 8th of August.
Exciting space research news coming out of Japan with the news that University of Tokyo, Toyota, and Dentsu Inc have collaborated a robot with humanoid features to be blasted into space.
The robot called Hope-bot is scheduled to be rocketed into space from the Tanegashima Space Centre arriving at the International Space Station on the 1st of August. How unbelievably cute is this little guy though? What a great ambassador for space travel!
J-Pop foursome, Scandal, have just revealed their future plans for a collaboration of a different kind. They’re going to launch a collaboration with a robot on a new project called, ‘Robot・Scandal‘.
From the commercial facility, Grand Front Osaka, they will send out new contents bound for the rest of the world. This begins in Osaka on April 26 from the Umekita district. Jointly with a robot designed by Takahashi Tomotaka and named Robi, they will be creating a new song and dance MV to go along with it. In late July, at the same venue, the girls will be performing the song live.
Member RINA had the following statement on her blog,
“I think Osaka will become an even greater city. There are many people who move to Tokyo in order to make their dreams come true, but I’m certain that Osaka will become an area overflowing with chances. I was born in Osaka, raised in Nara, and made a band in Osaka. It will always be a special place. I want it to always be a lively city.”
We all knew it was going to happen or later but it looks like the future is here now and in Japan.
Japan has always had a fascination with mechs and robots which has prompted the creation of this awesome robot.
Kuratas KR01 is a four metre tall robot that allows a pilot to sit inside and control it from a cockpit where it’s able to reach a top speed of 10kph (6mph). Kuratas is a joint effort between two men, artist Kogoro Kurata and OS developer Wataru Yoshizaki (V-Sido robot), who have also enlisted the aid of Suidobashi Heavy Industries.
It cal also be controlled via remote control by using a 3G enabled device. The mech also has facial recognition software built-in so if it locks onto you, no chance you’re getting away!