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"Robot Kingdom" - Japanese Robotics
(factoid) - Japan has half the world's industrial robot population

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Hisashige Tanaka
(1799-1881)
GENERAL

  • Robotics Organizations in Japan
  • "Loving the Machine : The Art and Science of Japanese Robots" - book by T.N. Hornyak
  • Short History of Japanese Technology
  • Akihabara Robot Culture Festival [2]
  • Robo Cafe Osaka [1] [2]
  • Robot-Museum Nagoya
  • Akihabara: Tsukumo Robot Kingdom [2], Sengoku Densho, RT Corp Robot School, akibalive [robots], Akiba Technopark
  • Tezuka Osamu World - Mighty Atom
  • Misc: Japan Robotech

    KARAKURI

  • World Karakuri Contest [1] [2]
  • Hisashige Tanaka [1] [2] - Karakuri Giemon, gadget wizard
  • "Karakuri-zui" [2] [3] [4] - "Illustrated Compendium of Clever Machines", 1790s
  • Misc: karakuri.info, Karakuri Corner, factbites

    INDUSTRIAL

  • Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry - (MITI renamed)
  • AIST - Nat'l Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology - robotics, biorobotics
  • Int'l Robot Exhibition Tokyo (industrial robots - 150 companies)
  • Japan Robot Association
  • Companies: Bandai, Fujitsu Automation, IDG Japan, Kokoro, Kondo Kagaku, Murata, Tmsuk

    RESEARCHERS

  • Waseda - "Development of Waseda Robot"
  • Chiba Inst of Technology (Advanced Robotics) - Future Robotics Technology Center
  • Atsuo Takanishi (Waseda U) - humanoids, WABIAN, WL-16RII, WF-4RII - (Tmsuk)
  • Hiroaki Kitano [1] [2] (Sony) - Robocup cofounder, Pino, systems biology
  • Hirochika Inoue (Tokyo U) - H6/H7 [Tokyo]
  • Hirohisa Hirukawa (AIST - Natl Inst Adv Industrial Sci Tech) - humanoid
  • Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka U) - Vision Nexta perception, Robovie, android science
  • Hiroshi Kobayashi [2] (Tokyo U) - android emotiveness
  • Ichiro Kato (Waseda U) - Waseda hand, WAM-4, WL-5, WABOT, Wasubot - (Imasen Engineering)
  • Masahiro Mori (Mukta Research Inst) - "The Buddha in the Robot", Triops Congregans, uncanny valley
  • Masashi Igarashi (Business Design Lab Nagoya) - yorisoi ifbot
  • Masato Hirose (Honda) - Asimo
  • Minoru Asada (Osaka U) - soccer, MI
  • Mitsuo Kawato (ATR Comp.Neur Lab, Kyoto) - humanoids, "Atom Project"
  • Nobuo Yamato (Vstone Osaka) - Vision Nexta
  • Sakakibara Kikai - Land Walker
  • Shuji Hashimoto (Waseda U) - humanoids, vision
  • Takanori Shibata (AIST) - Paro, "mental commitment robot"
  • Tatsuzo Ishida (Sony Entertainment) - Qrio
  • Tomotaka Takahashi (Robo Garage Kyoto) - Magdan, Chroino, Robofie, Vision Nexta, Neon, Manoi
  • Toru Takenaga [2] (Honda) - Asimo
  • Toshitada Doi [2] (Sony) - Aibo, Qrio
  • Toshio Fukuda (Nagoyo U) - brachiation
  • Yochi Takamoto + Yasuyoshi Yokokoji - Enryu T-52 Advance - rescue
  • Yoshiyuki Sankai (Tsukuba U) - HAL hybrid assistive limb
  • Yukiko Nakagawa (RT Corp) - KHR-1

    Wakamaru (100-cm, 30-kg)
    JAPANESE ROBOTS

  • Wakamaru (Mitsubishi) - household
  • ApriAlpha/ApriAttenda (Toshiba) - household
  • Banryu (Tmsuk) - security dragon
  • Enon (Fujitsu) - store clerk
  • Hello Kitty Robo (Business Design Lab) - conversation bot
  • Hirb (Sanyo Electric) - wheelchair bathtub
  • Land Walker [1] [2] (Sakakibara Kikai) - 11' tall walker
  • Morph3 - 15" tall biped, 138-sensors
  • Net Tansor (Bandai Robot Lab) - telepresence
  • Nuvo [2] (ZMP Inc) - 15-DOF biped, speech
  • Paro [2] (AIST) - robot seal, therapeutic - (Intelligent System Co)
  • Roborior (Tmsuk)
  • SmartPal (Yaskawa Electric) - robot waiter
  • Yorisoi ifbot (Business Design Lab) - conversation bot, 1000s of speech patterns, dozens of affects, voice recog, riddles, word games

    ROBOT SOCCER

  • RoboCup Japan
  • founders: Kitano, Minaru Asada (Osaka U), Yasuo Kuniyoshi
  • Humanoid League
  • Four-legged League - Aibo
  • Middle-sized league
  • Team Minho (Portugal)
  • Team nimbRo (U Freiburg)
  • Team Osaka - Vision Nexta

    JAPANESE WORDS

  • buki = weapon, arms
  • dashi = festival float
  • densetsu = lengend, tradition
  • dokei = clock (mannendokei = enternal clock)
  • enmei = long life, longevity
  • esu = ace
  • furu metaru = full metal
  • gakutensoku = learning from nature law
    [Justice]
    ZGMF-X19A Justice Gundam
  • Gundam = "mobile suit", giant, humanoid super-robots - wiki, MAHQ, Gundam-official
  • inshi = hermit, recluse
  • iyashi = healing and relaxing effect
  • jinzo ningen = artificial person, android
  • karakuri = gadget, mechanism, automata
  • kadou, mobi-ru = mobile
  • kisai = wizard
  • koji, iko = orphan
  • kyojin = giant god
  • manjin = demon god, genie
  • minagoroshi = kill'em all
  • monozukuri = making thing, manufacturing
  • ningen sizo = manufactured man
  • otaku = geek, nerd, enthusiast
  • robotto = robots
  • sakoku = national seclusion, exclusion of foreigners
  • senkan = battleship
  • senshi = soldier
  • shakuhachi = bamboo flute
  • shin seiki = neon genesis
  • shinto - "way of the gods", animist religion, venerates nature forces
  • shonen = "few years" (manga, anime for all boys)
  • somoku jobutsu = doctrine that inanimate objects can contain spirits
  • taishi = ambassador
  • takara = treasure
  • tsukumogami = "attached death spirits", tools that come to life
  • Ushiwakamaru = 12th C. general Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • yagura = scaffold, turret
  • Zaku = humanoid robots from Zeon

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