The Murata Cheerleaders team of dancing robots (Provided by Murata Manufacturing Co.)
Robot cheerleaders show off advanced synchronization technology
Despite fumbling a bit on their routine, 10 small “cheerleading” robots received a round of applause after completing a dance using advanced group control technology designed to achieve perfect synchronicity.
Panasonic Corp.’s latest robot is designed to help those in need of personal care get up from bed and use toilet facilities on their own. (Kohei Kondo)
Panasonic robot helps elderly stay mobile
Panasonic Corp. unveiled a robot Sept. 24 that is designed to help ease the burden on caregivers assisting Japan’s growing elderly population.
Ice made of a single crystal (Provided by Seiji Kamimura, a professor at the Nagaoka University of Technology)
Scientist develops method to produce water-like crystal clear ice
A scientist at Nagaoka University of Technology in Niigata Prefecture has developed a method of creating ultra-transparent ice that is nearly indistinguishable from water.
A monitor shows a prototype maglev train reached a top speed of 500 kph during a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sept. 22. (Wataru Sekita)
Maglev train reaches 500 kph without much shaking
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Two minutes and 50 seconds after the train’s departure, tunnel lights zipped by, water in a glass rippled harder, and a booming sound grew louder.
Roads and railways raised by one millimeter feature on a three-dimensional map created by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan with a 3-D printer. (Susumu Yoshida)
Maps created with 3-D printers to help visually impaired
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--The nation's central mapping body has developed a software program to create inexpensive three-dimensional road maps for the visually impaired with 3-D printers.
A new smartphone app analyzes a baby's crying patterns and determines that this baby is hungry. (Satoshi Ukai)
Researchers develop app that can tell what babies want when they bawl
TAIPEI--Researchers in Taiwan have developed a smartphone app that can analyze crying patterns of newborn babies and determine what the infants want from their parents.
A map showing the distribution of radioactive substance concentrations in a reservoir prior to decontamination work (Provided by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
Atomic Energy Agency finds more effective way to measure radiation in reservoirs
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed a new way to measure radiation in agricultural reservoirs that will enable the government to streamline decontamination work.
A German with a spinal cord injury uses a HAL robotic suit to improve mobility functions. (Provided by Cyberdyne)
Impact Journalism Day: Futuristic cyborg-type suit in use in medical, welfare fields in Japan and abroad
A cyborg-type robotic suit designed to assist people with walking difficulties caused by illness or automobile accidents is being increasingly used in the welfare and medical fields in Japan and abroad.
N700A Series Shinkansen (Provided by the Central Japan Railway Co.)
Tokaido Shinkansen Line to raise maximum speed in spring
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it will raise the maximum speed on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from 270 kph to 285 kph next spring, the first such increase in 23 years.
The Asahi Shimbun
Competition heats up between Japan, China for railway projects in Asia
Japanese and Chinese companies are battling for potentially lucrative railway projects around Asia, as rapid economic growth and expanding populations have led to plans for about 10,000 kilometers in railway networks.
An object being made by a 3-D printer (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese 1st to seek patent for 3-D printing back in 1980s, but still lost out
NAGOYA--The lion's share of patents for 3-D printer technology are owned by the United States and nations in Europe, but it was a Japanese researcher who developed the world's first prototype.
A tsunami evacuation guidance sign using phosphorescent materials (Kosuke So)
Emergency signs, products using phosphorescent materials to expand in wake of 2011 disasters
NAGOYA--One of the lessons from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami: more illumination from phosphorescent materials could have greatly helped in guiding evacuees to safety.
The Asahi Shimbun
LED light harnessed to prevent secret snapping of photos
Smartphone users could soon be thwarted from taking secret photos.
AWN-02 Assist Suit (Provided by Panasonic Corp.)
Panasonic subsidiary develops suit device to assist in heavy lifting
Panasonic Corp. said Sept. 11 its Nara-based subsidiary has developed a suit device that helps users lift heavy objects and will have practical applications in cargo handling and product distribution centers.
A woman uses the technology to create the sensation of pressing a button that is displayed on a computer screen. (Susumu Yoshida)
Virtual world moves a step closer to reality
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Japanese researchers say they have developed technology that gives the illusion of a sense of touch in a virtual environment.
The Achillies robot is capable of running at 4.2 kph, the speed of an average human jogger. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Tokyo University team engineers a robot that can go for a jog
Scientists at the University of Tokyo announced Sept. 1 that they have developed a bipedal robot that can run like a human.
Japan's first stealth fighter prototype developed by the Defense Ministry at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. factory in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, in May. (Provided by the Defense Ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute)
Defense Ministry reveals prototype of first Japanese stealth fighter
The Defense Ministry released images of a homegrown experimental combat plane designed to be Japan's first stealth fighter.
Young people in Madrid use the Line app to arrange their schedules. (Isabel Contreras)
Line messaging app approaches 500 million users
In just three years, Line Corp. has neared the 500-million mark for registered users of its free call and messaging app, thanks in part to a surge in popularity in Spain, the company said.
Nobuhiro Yoshioka, a Whill official in charge of sales, rides the company-designed wheelchair. (Akiko Okazaki)
Former automotive engineer designs more user friendly wheelchair
A wheelchair designed by a former automotive engineer that promises to be more comfortable and easier to operate than conventional models is set to go on sale from September.
The "science globe," which shows satellite images of the Earth, is displayed for the first time in Japan at the exhibition facility in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 26. (Eri Takamizawa)
Giant globe in Miyagi shows real-time view of Earth from space
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A gigantic globe designed to show the Earth as viewed from space in real time is giving visitors to the city’s new Discovery Center an out-of-this-world experience.

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