Category: Tech

10 Android Apps that made my Japan trip much easier

Traveling to to a far away land or even to an unfamiliar neighbouring town is not as difficult or daunting as it used to be. With a wealth of information available online and at your fingertips in the form of apps for smartphones and tablets...

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Honda updates ASIMO Robot, turns it into an Autonomous Machine

Honda has updated it’s well known Asimo humanoid robot with what it is calling “autonomous behavior control technology” which the company states advances Asimo from an “automatic machine” to an “autonomous machine” with  decision-making capabilities such as determining its behavior in concert with its surroundings...

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E5 Series Shinkansen makes Official debut

Train enthusiasts in Japan are ecstatic as East Japan Railway Company (JR East) official debuted the E5 Series Shinkansen or “Hayabusa” today which will be operating on the Tōhoku Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori with major stations like Sendai and Morioka. Hayabusa is Japanese for...

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Japan wants your cell phone to be more Human

Technology and innovation is serious business in Japan, they have a myriad of research institutions and most of their universities actual “institutions of higher education and research.” However to an individual without an open mind many things coming from Japan would seem rather “different” for lack of...

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Japan’s Elderly Rebel against their Robot Overlords

Did I use the word “overlord” in the title, well maybe I am exaggerating a little but the geek in me tends to exaggerate when talking about robots, but it seems like I’m not the only geek prone to exaggerating as a BBC writer used the same word!...

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Japan creates Robot Safety Center

So many people think the world will be destroyed by some natural phenomenon that may or may not be influenced by global warming, war or religion etc but I would like to categorically state that that is not the case. Every individual  with any semblance of intelligence  knows that...

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Honda debuts Solar-powered charging station

The basic gas station hasn’t evolved much in the last 80 years or so. The rise of fossil fuels over the last century has made them a regular sight on the roads, but with the world’s gas resources rapidly diminishing it has led to various initiatives to find a...

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JAXA’s Akatsuki Probe reaches Venus

It’s been six months since the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Akatsuki probe the Tanegashima spaceport in Kagoshima Prefecture. The spacecraft which is roughly the size of a fridge has reached its destination and after solving a slight tragetory problem has successfully entered...

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New Phone acquired! – HTC Legend

I have been longtime admirer of the Android mobile operating system since it was first announced and for the longest while had dreams of owning an android powered phone. The first android device I every saw was a friend’s HTC Hero, I owned a Blackberry...

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HRP-4 Humanoid Robot

The HRP line of humanoid robots from Kawada Industries and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have come a far way over the years. I became fascinated with one the HRP-3 Promet Mk-II a few years ago and while going through my feedreader recently I...

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