February 22, 2015
Cars that drive themselves will be tested on roadways in Ishikawa Prefecture in a five-year project that gets under way next month.
February 21, 2015
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
February 19, 2015
Electronics giant Hitachi Ltd. said it developed a massive transmission electron microscope with record-breaking resolution powers that allow scientists to peer even deeper into the world at the atomic level.
February 14, 2015
In a bid to level the playing field of the future, a group of researchers are creating sports that can be contested by anyone with the assistance of robotics and high-tech assistive technologies.
February 11, 2015
Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Feb. 10 it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear.
February 10, 2015
Japanese scientists have developed the world's most accurate clock that can keep time within one second every 16 billion years.
February 08, 2015
Digital pens that capture a user’s handwriting in analog form and convert it to digital data are finding a niche at schools, hospitals and other institutions nationwide as the devices enable smooth, widespread communications.
February 06, 2015
HITACHI, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new shape-changing robot has been rolled out that can chart previously inaccessible areas of the damaged containment vessels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
January 28, 2015
A Japanese private-sector team was one of five entries to receive a special prize to develop an unmanned lunar rover by sponsor Google Inc.
January 24, 2015
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will use cosmic rays at the crippled reactors at its Fukushima plant to identify sites with melted fuel.
January 22, 2015
Former technicians of Sony Corp. have used the artificial intelligence of the company’s famed robotic dog Aibo to develop a home-use system that measures power consumption for each electrical appliance.
January 21, 2015
IZUMISANO, Osaka Prefecture--Kansai International Airport has eased the way for overseas travelers with the Jan. 20 start of a smart-device service that offers tourist information in nine languages.
January 20, 2015
Smartphone users can now access information about areas at risk of natural disasters using a new map service offered by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI).
January 14, 2015
Teijin Ltd. and Kansai University have developed a new clothing fabric that converts a wearer’s movements into electrical data that can be mimicked elsewhere, such as by a robot.
January 11, 2015
NAGOYA--To help alleviate a sense of isolation among elderly people living alone, a robot baby that craves constant attention from its "parent" like a newborn will hit the market on Jan. 21.
January 10, 2015
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ will introduce a humanoid robot to its staff lineup in spring to attract customers and offer them guidance to the right counter.
January 05, 2015
At a UPR Corp. distribution center in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, a 56-year-old male worker, wearing a strap-on motorized device that gave him an additional lifting force of 15 kilograms, easily hefted a 30-kg box on a recent workday.
January 05, 2015
NEC Corp. has developed technology that enables engineers to estimate the internal deterioration of aging concrete structures, such as roads and bridges, by analyzing video images of their surfaces.
December 29, 2014
NAGASAKI--Researchers at the prefectural government, a public university and other local institutions here have jointly developed the “Fish Analyzer,” an electronic device that can measure lipid levels in fish, which costs less than one-tenth of conventional detectors using infrared rays.
December 25, 2014
Omron Corp. will provide motion-detecting sensors for Cyberdyne Inc.’s robotic products, including wearable devices that allow users to emulate the movements of skilled workers at factories and construction sites, the companies said Dec. 24.