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Robothespian takes the stage

The uncanny valley is getting crowded. A female-modeled version of Geminoid, roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro's creepy android, is now appearing opposite a human actor in Japan in a short play entitled Sayonaraas in, "sayonara, humans."

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Speedy Micromouse Bot Solves Maze in Less Than 5 Seconds

Micromouse competitions are an attribute to the growing popularity of robotic entertainment. This particular competition in Chubu, Japan appears to be going normally until you hit the 4:30 mark, at which point the EggTorte bot solves the maze in less than five seconds. Its owner probably threatened it with a robotic mousetrap. According to Wikipedia, the world-record for solving a ...

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Actroid-F: Robots are Becoming Scarily Realistic

AIST (Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) recently opened up their doors to the public for a few days, allowing an inside look at just how ridiculously realistic robots have become. The Actroid-F, developed by Kokoro Co. Ltd and ATR, can mimic the operators facial movements and tics with unbelievable realism. Would I be fooled into thinking ...

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Japanese Professor Builds Elaborate Humanoid Robot for Killing Wasps

After hearing that one of his friends had been stung upwards of 90 times while trying to exterminate wasps from his property, Professor Sekine of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, who was undoubtedly dealing with a wasp problem of his own, decided to come up with an easier way to conquer the problem of painful and potentially dangerous insect stings. Mohican, ...

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