Tokyo has no shortage of strange food devices and restaurants — from the SushiBot to Capcom's video game inspired restaurants. This one takes the cake and then some. Futuristic robot Amazons, piloted by real girls, roll around with giant trays ready to take your drink order and serve food.
Spielberg's film A.I. introduced us to the unsettling prospect of dealing with the feelings of neglected robot children. Now a lab in Japan has developed a real robot baby to test how such a scenario might actually play out.
Japan's romance with Gundam will never extinguish, especially now that it has Gundam-themed hotel rooms available for reservation. There's tons of Gundam memorabilia inside the suites and even a life-sized pilot cockpit to re-enact Gundam simulations.
Oddly enough, one of the few similarities between children in the U.S. and Japan is the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, known in Japan as Janken. Now a research lab has used that simple kid's game to offer a glimpse at the inexorable perfection curve of robots versus humans.
Although the popular Sony AIBO was discontinued way back in 2006, there remains a healthy demand from geeks, young and old, in owning a robot dog. Hoping to once again test the robotic pet market is Takara Tomy's new Omnibot i-Sodog.
Need a reason to visit Tokyo? Aside from the allure of Akihabara and Shibuya, Tokyo is now home to the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower and second tallest man-made structure after the Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
Seismologists predict that a major earthquake to rival last year's 9.0 magnitude event will strike Tokyo between now and 2016. During the last quake local cell phone service abruptly disappeared. Now Softbank has a solution in hopes of avoiding a repeat of that technology breakdown.
Watching actors play against green screens, outfitted in motion capture suits has become a common sight. But for the digital animator lacking the manpower and studio space to manipulate humans in such a way, there's now another way to control your digital characters.
The street cultures of BMX bike riders and hip-hop turntablism have been linked for years, but only now has one group married the two in a way that could actually create a brand new, music-infused sport.
One of the most cherished culinary disciplines in Japan is the art and process of making sushi. But now even that exalted tradition may succumb to the march of technology thanks to the SushiBot.