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Japan’s premier robot expo is over, and all that remains of iREX 2013 are the things we learned, contacts we made, and the videos, photos, and desperate attempts to effectively communicate the breadth of what exactly went down. Something beyond “Wow, it was like… so many awesome robots.” Not so easy, that.
#iREX   #ROBOT   #JAPAN  

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With robots and mechs Japanese designers would love, and hints of a good story, Keloid is a cruel tease of a trailer. British newscasters, robots speaking Russian, all made by a Spanish effects studio; look, can someone, somewhere just go ahead and give these guys movie money already?   #KELOID #BIGLAZYROBOT #ROBOT

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Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies. #JAPAN #ROBOT #ASIMO #ASIMOX #HONDA #DARPA #ATLAS

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Silly question. Even if you’ve got two fleshy ones that work, who doesn’t want a robotic, 3D printed, open-source, crowd-funded, sub-$1000 prosthetic hand? British roboticist Joel Gibbard’s Open Hand Project has a working prototype, a plan, and plenty of motivation. Sayonara, hook hand prosthetic thingy! #OPENHANDPROJECT #ROBOT #PROSTHETIC #UK

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What with the card dealing, cooking, and golfing, Yaskawa Electric’s heavily YouTubed Motoman industrial robots have plenty of name, and now, with a pair of robo-rehab machines, the company’s taking its Human Assist agenda public; another player joins Japan’s assistive robotics gold rush.   #JAPAN #ROBOT #YASKAWA #REHABILITATION     

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Gymnast robot celebrates Tokyo’s successful 2020 Olympic bid with a triple backflip off the bar, and back onto the bar, industrial robots play with racecars, and a monolingual mini-humanoid speaks the first robotic words from the International Space Station. Three J-robots in under 4 minutes! #JAPAN #ROBOT #DENSO #TOYOTA #KIROBO

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The Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun are gearing up to host the 20th bi-ennial iREX International Robot Exhibition here in Tokyo. This is Japan’s Big Show, and naturally, AkihabaraNews is going to be all over it - here’s a bit of what to expect: #JAPAN   #ROBOT   #IREX2013   #TOKYO  

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They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit, Lego is at the top of educational, DIY, and plain old fun robot building. MINDSTORMS EV3 is coming, and the robo-geekosphere is buzzing. And whirring. #ROBOT   #STEM   #LEGO   #MINDSTORMSEV3

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Link to Chris Anderson @chr1sa speaking at #2013CES about robots, startups and manufacturing on @Robohub @RobotLaunch

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