Alps Alpine Indoor Positioning For Drones

Alps Alpine has been working on an indoor navigation system that would enable a very precise location acquisition, good enough to let autonomous drones fly accurately and safely for monitoring missions, among other things.


Alps Alpine Next-Gen Driving Experience

As cars become more packed with sensors, computers, and connectivity, the possibilities to enhance the driver’s experience expand exponentially. Alps Alpine looks at how future components and technologies can change the driver experience from end to end.


Toshiba’s Latest Robot Will Probe Fukushima’s Melted Nuclear Reactors

Toshiba today unveiled a remote-controlled robot which it hopes will be able to probe inside one of the three damaged reactors at Japan’s ill-fated Fukushima nuclear power plant. The ultimate aim is to be able to grip chunks of the melted fuel, which is highly radioactive, with this robot.


iPhone XR Discounted By Another Japanese Carrier

The iPhone XR represents Apple’s more affordable iPhone. However even at around $750, the iPhone XR is still not necessarily affordable, which some analysts believe could be the reason why iPhone sales aren’t doing as well, where the iPhone XS and XS Max are simply too expensive, but the iPhone XR isn’t particularly affordable either.


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Sony’s Latest Aibo Dog Is Considerably Less Creepy

Sony’s Aibo robot dogs were designed to be “realistic”, but we have to admit that it can come off a bit creepy as smiling robots tend to be a bit disconcerting. However Sony’s latest Aibo, which was launched in the US last year, was a huge improvement over the first-generation model, but over in Japan Sony is trying their hand at making it more “realistic”.


Kingdom Hearts Themed Hotel Rooms Will Soon Be Available In Japan

You can find a few quirky hotels in Japan. If a robot-staffed hotel isn’t up to your liking, perhaps you’d be interested in rooms that are decked out in Kingdom Hearts themes. If that appeals to you then you’ll be interested to know that Kingdom Heart themed rooms will be opening up in the Disney Ambassador Hotel at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan this March.


Robot Hotel In Japan Lays Off Half Of Its Robots

Some of you may remember reading about the Henn na hotel in Japan back in 2015. It relied on a lot of robots to handle the jobs that you’d normally find humans doing in a hotel. In what seems like a solid case of irony, the hotel has had to effectively lay off half of its 243 robots, and will most likely be hiring humans to perform the functions.


Not Content With Capsule Hotels, Japan Now Offers Capsule Offices Too

One of the many things that Japan is known for are its capsule hotels. These hotels are designed for the office worker who might have worked too late to take the train home, and just needs a relatively affordable place for a hot shower and a good night’s rest. However it seems that Japan has taken the capsule concept and expanded it to now offer capsule offices too.


Square Enix Is Offering Final Fantasy XIV Themed Weddings In Japan

Being able to bond with your partner over a shared interest is great, such as video games where in the past we have seen many gamers get together and get married over a video game. We’ve also seen some video game themed weddings, and now it seems that over in Japan, Square Enix is actually offering up official Final Fantasy XIV themed weddings.


Japan Developing Space Radar System To Keep An Eye On ‘Killer Satellites’

Japan is working on a new space radar system that it wants to have up and running in the Yamaguchi Prefecture by fiscal 2023. The radar system won’t just be used to monitor debris in the space. Its job will also include keeping an eye on “killer” satellites launched by foreign governments. News about this radar system’s development comes at a time when countries like Russia and China are believed […]


Japanese Robot Lovot Just Wants Your Hugs

A new robot has been developed in Japan that will roam around your house and do little more than ask you for hugs. Lovot has a plush body that’s warm to touch and big, attentive eyes. The robot itself looks like a combination of a penguin and an owl but it certainly doesn’t look as odd as that may sound.


SoftBank May Replace Network Equipment From Huawei

Huawei’s network equipment business appears to be in a bit of pickle these days. Amid growing concerns that the equipment may allow the Chinese government to carry out spying operations, mobile carriers in a couple of countries have decided against sourcing them from Huawei. A new report claims that Japan’s SoftBank is now considering replacing the Huawei equipment on its network.


Sony & Rhapsody Launching Audiophile Streaming Service In Japan

In the music streaming market at the moment, Apple Music and Spotify more or less reign supreme. However it seems that Sony wants in on the action and thinks that they might be able to set themselves apart by teaming up with Rhapsody and launching a streaming service in Japan aimed at audiophiles.


Shonen Jump Offers A Manga Subscription Service For $2 A Month

If you love your manga, the downside is that unless you know how to read and understand Japanese, you’ll have to wait for the English subbed version where the official version is usually available about a week after. Either that or you could rely on fansubs which can sometimes not necessarily be the most accurate.