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.
December 19, 2014
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--A team of entrepreneurs and engineers held a trial run here on Dec. 18 of an experimental rover it developed for a high-profile Google Inc. contest to create a moon probe.
December 11, 2014
KAGOSHIMA--To improve preparations for volcanic eruptions, scientists are testing the abilities of automated drones to gather topographical data and other information of potential disaster areas.
December 08, 2014
IMABETSU, Aomori Prefecture--A cheering crowd of local residents and railway buffs greeted the first Shinkansen from Hokkaido as it came gliding out of the early morning mist into Okutsugaru-Imabetsu Station here on Dec. 7.
December 05, 2014
SEIKA, Kyoto Prefecture--Researchers on Dec. 4 demonstrated a prototype wearable robotic device that can “read” minds and carry out activities for elderly users and people with physical disabilities.
December 02, 2014
An early analog computer developed seven decades ago that was a forerunner of the modern computer was brought back "online" at the Tokyo University of Science in Shinjuku Ward on Dec. 1.
November 28, 2014
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is seeking to resume research and development of a new type of nuclear reactor that it claims is safer, even as experts raise doubts about such efforts in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
November 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to commercialize by 2017 cars equipped with automated assistance systems capable of self-navigating on one lane of a highway and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.
November 27, 2014
KYOTANGO, Kyoto Prefecture--A government-academic collaboration project plans to commercially develop high-performance silk created through genetic engineering between spiders and silkworms in about five years.