I already hate this thing for its horribly evil insect-like looks and creepy agility, but any robot that can grab cute teddy bears in a death grip deserves a little respect. Thus, we present to you the omni-directional insect robot.
It's hard to believe that just seven months ago Japan was rocked with an earthquake and tsunami. In good taste or not, Google had its Street View team drive over 27,000 miles through the torn up region to update its panoramic maps. The views remind us all just how catastrophic a natural disaster can be.
I'm no expert, but something tells me this car crash that took out eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benzes, a Lamborghini Diablo, a Nissan GT-R and a Toyota Prius worth a combined total of $4 million is going down in history as one of the best worst crashes ever. Just look at all that damage!
Japan kind of lost a bit of its tech mojo with the whole robots failing to save Fukushima thing, but this...this is amazing! The Honda Micro Commuter concept car actually merges your smart phone with your car.
Frankly, it sounds terrifying to me to be pawed in the face by a stuffed robotic polar bear while I sleep*. It's no nightmare though. Japanese engineers have developed the bear — named Jukusui-kun (or "deep sleep") — to gently prod chronic snorers and induce them to change their sleeping position to alleviate the snores.
Imagine being in one of those movie scenes where you have to defuse the ticking time bomb. Now imagine that instead of getting nervous verbal instructions via phone, you actually had a pair of holographic hands guiding yours to a successful solution. This is now a reality.
Updating its cute-meets-spacey Pivo concept car originally unveiled back in 2007, Nissan has decided to update the model with a decidedly more aggressive aesthetic.
Although Japan remains one of the oldest cultures around with a modern footprint, the country is nevertheless constantly on the forefront of building design futurism. Oddly, some of its wildest buildings are also some of its oldest.
You should always backup your data, but backing up an entire city — Tokyo, to be precise — sounds kind of out of this world, doesn't it? The Japanese government thinks it's totally necessary to have a "backup" city to evacuate to.
Most New Yorkers might be surprised to know that their subway cars were first stress tested and designed in a different world altogether, the train-obsessed culture of Japan. Now a new Japan-made tool seeks to up the ante on train technology.