Japanese Robot Craze

Waitresses wearing costumes from Japan's
Waitresses wearing costumes from Japan's
Waitresses wearing costumes from Japan's robot animation "Gundam" pose for photo at a press preview of the "Gandum Cafe", the animation characters theme cafe in Tokyo on April 22, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's Nippon Institute of Technology a
Japan's Nippon Institute of Technology a
Japan's Nippon Institute of Technology associate professor Yuichi Nakazato (L) introduces a humanoid robot for educational purpose at the college's campus at Miyashiro town in Saitama prefecture on December 19, 2009. The 126cm tall robot, equipped with 21 actuators and various sensors, has been developed with Japanese robot venture ZMP for use as an assistant for teachers utilizing a mobile projector on its head. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Product designer Kota Nezu displays a hu
Product designer Kota Nezu displays a hu
Product designer Kota Nezu displays a humanoid robot for educational purpose, produced by Japan's Nippon Institute of Technology associate professor Yuichi Nakazato (unseen in this picture) at the college's campus at Miyashiro town in Saitama prefecture on December 19, 2009. The 126cm tall robot, equipped with 21 actuators and various sensors, has been developed with Japanese robot venture ZMP for use as an assistant for teachers utilizing a mobile projector on its head. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A humanoid robot for educational purpose
A humanoid robot for educational purpose
A humanoid robot for educational purpose is unveiled by Japan's Nippon Institute of Technology associate professor Yuichi Nakazato (L) at the college's campus at Miyashiro town in Saitama prefecture on December 19, 2009. The 126cm tall robot, equipped with 21 actuators and various sensors, has been developed with Japanese robot venture ZMP for use as an assistant for teachers utilizing a mobile projector on its head. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Showa University Introduces Dental Patient Robot
Showa University Introduces Dental Patient Robot
XXXX at Showa University on March 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The patient robot was developed to be used for actual clinical training, with sensors built in to the oral cavity designed to respond to trainees' actions, such as gag reflex and pain caused during teeth drilling.
A dentist from the Showa University Dent
A dentist from the Showa University Dent
A dentist from the Showa University Dentistry School demonstrates a treament on a dental patient robot named Hanako Showa, at the University's dental clinic in Tokyo on March 25, 2010. Japan's robot maker Tmsuk and the Showa University unveiled the dental patient robot to be used for student training, which imitates human reactions such as coughing, tongue movement and pain reaction. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A dentist from the Showa University Dent
A dentist from the Showa University Dent
A dentist from the Showa University Dentistry School demonstrates a treament on a dedntal patient robot, named Hanako Showa, at the dental clinic of the university in Tokyo on March 25, 2010. Japan's robot maker Tmsuk and the Showa University unveiled the dental patient robot, which reacts against treatment during the clinical training, such as cough, tongue movement and pain reaction like a real human patient. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a Japanese robot restaurant in Bangkok on April 1, 2010. At Thailand 's first Japanese robot restaurant, where all the serving waiters are robots, customers order their food on a touchscreen display and their robotic waiter will whizz into action. The mechanical server will also dance to a rhythm and automatically go out to collect empty dishes at the customers' table. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a
A robot waiter holds a tray of food at a Japanese robot restaurant in Bangkok on April 1, 2010. At Thailand 's first Japanese robot restaurant, where all the serving waiters are robots, customers order their food on a touchscreen display and their robotic waiter will whizz into action. The mechanical server will also dance to a rhythm and automatically go out to collect empty dishes at the customers' table. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
A model (R) poses with a humanoid robot
A model (R) poses with a humanoid robot
A model (R) poses with a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) shaped to resemble the model at a press conference in Osaka, on April 3, 2010. Geminoid-F, designed and built by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and Japan's robot maker Kokoro, is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of a real human being. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A model (R) pokes the face of a humanoid
A model (R) pokes the face of a humanoid
A model (R) pokes the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) shaped to resemble the model at a press conference in Osaka, on April 3, 2010. Geminoid-F, designed and built by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and Japan's robot maker Kokoro, is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of a real human being. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A model (R) touches the face of a humano
A model (R) touches the face of a humano
A model (R) touches the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) shaped to resemble the model at a press conference in Osaka, on April 3, 2010. Geminoid-F, designed and built by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and Japan's robot maker Kokoro, is equipped with 12 actuators, powered by air pressure, and her motion can be synched to imitate that of a real human being. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
The world's tallest remote controlled tw
The world's tallest remote controlled tw
The world's tallest remote controlled two-legged robot "Tsutenkaku robo" demonstrates its walking and communication skills before press at Tokyo Tower on April 8, 2010. The 170cm tall robot was developed in Osaka for a tourism promotion of Osaka's symbolic Tsutenkaku tower that resembes the robot's its shape. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
The world's tallest remote controlled tw
The world's tallest remote controlled tw
The world's tallest remote controlled two-legged robot "Tsutenkaku robo" receives a gift from a souvenir shop clerk (R) at Tokyo Tower on April 8, 2010. The 170cm tall robot was developed in Osaka for a tourism promotion of Osaka's symbolic Tsutenkaku tower that resembes the robot's its shape. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A robot balances on one leg during a sho
A robot balances on one leg during a sho
A robot balances on one leg during a show titled "better living with robots"at the Japanese pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on May 18, 2010. Organisers expect 70 million visitors -- most of them Chinese -- to attend the biggest-ever World's Fair, with an average of 380,000 people expected to visit the site daily. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's Tokyo University professor Yasuo
Japan's Tokyo University professor Yasuo
Japan's Tokyo University professor Yasuo Kuniyoshi displays a robot baby named Noby (short for "nine-month-old baby"), that stands 71 cm tall and weighs 7.9kg, at his laboratory at the Tokyo University on June 15, 2010. The baby robot has two cameras and two microphones on its head and is also equipped with some 600 touch sensors in the artificial skin of his body. The robot can "grow up" like a real infant, an invention they hope will help them better understand human development. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Na
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Na
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Nakamura plays with the robot baby named Noby (short for "nine-month-old baby"), that is 71 cm in height and weighs 7.9kg, at a laboratory at the Tokyo University on June 15, 2010. The baby robot has two cameras and two microphones on its head and is also equipped with some 600 touch sensors in the artificial skin of his body. The robot is designed to simulate the behaviour and growth of a real infant, an invention it is hoped will help researchers better understand human development. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Na
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Na
Japanese post-graduate student Kosuke Nakamura shows off the robot baby named Noby (short for "nine-month-old baby"), that is 71 cm in height and weighs 7.9kg, at a laboratory at the Tokyo University on June 15, 2010. The baby robot has two cameras and two microphones on its head and is also equipped with some 600 touch sensors in the artificial skin of his body. The robot is designed to simulate the behaviour and growth of a real infant, an invention it is hoped will help researchers better understand human development. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows Japan's electronics gian
A picture shows Japan's electronics gian
A picture shows Japan's electronics giant Hitachi's humanoid robot "Emiew2", 80cm tall and weighing 14kg, which can move over uneven ground and small gaps on its wheeled legs at the company's laboratory in Tokyo on June 18, 2010. The robot is also equipped with 14 microphones on its helmet which can pick out human voices from background noise. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book robot 'Gundam' stands at a park in Shizuoka city, west of Tokyo, on July 6, 2010. The statue is being displayed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam plastic models. AFP PHOTO/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book
A statue of cult cartoon and comic book robot 'Gundam' stands at a park in Shizuoka city, west of Tokyo, on July 6, 2010. The statue is being displayed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam plastic models. AFP PHOTO/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
An 18-metre tall statue of popular TV an
An 18-metre tall statue of popular TV an
An 18-metre tall statue of popular TV animation hero Gundam is lit up at a park in Shizuoka city, 150km west of Tokyo on July 6, 2010 for a press preview. The huge statue of the life sized robot, which attracted over 3 million spectators in Tokyo last year, will be displayed for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Gundam plastic models. The statue will be opened to the public from July 24 through the early next year. AFP PHOTO/YOSHIKAZU TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displ
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displ
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displays its humanoid robot "Emiew2", 80cm tall and weighing 14kg, which can move over uneven ground and small gaps on its wheeled legs at the company's high-tech exhibition in Tokyo on July 22, 2010. Hitachi will start a pilot test at a hospital to collect datas for the providing guide or surveillance services in a safe symbiosis with human. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displ
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displ
Japanese electronics giant Hitachi displays its humanoid robot "Emiew2", 80cm tall and weighing 14kg, which can move over uneven ground and small gaps on its wheeled legs at the company's high-tech exhibition in Tokyo on July 22, 2010. Hitachi will start a pilot test at a hospital to collect datas for the providing guide or surveillance services in a safe symbiosis with human. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A robotic wheelchair, developed by Saita
A robotic wheelchair, developed by Saita
A robotic wheelchair, developed by Saitama University's professor Yoshinori Kobayashi, follows or moves beside a walking person automatically during a demonstration at the Robotech exhibition in Tokyo on July 29, 2010. Robotic wheelchairs, mechanical arms and humanoid waiters are among the cutting-edge inventions on show at a robotics fair in Japan, a country whose population is ageing rapidly. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A house maid shaped guide robot, develop
A house maid shaped guide robot, develop
A house maid shaped guide robot, developed by Saitama University's professor Yoshinori Kobayashi, delivers giveaway chocolates to the guests during a demonstration at the Robotech exhibition in Tokyo on July 29, 2010. Robotic wheelchairs, mechanical arms and humanoid waiters are among the cutting-edge inventions on show at a robotics fair in Japan, a country whose population is ageing rapidly. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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