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Handroid robot hand by ITK is remote controlled with a glove

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The Handroid is a robot hand developed by a Japanese company called ITK. It's a fully articulated robot hand with the same kind of dexterity as a human hand. Each finger can move independently and the hand as a whole is meant to be "sensitive" enough to be suitable for touching humans or handling fragile objects.

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Japan grabs PS Vita before US: 2012

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I wandered my way into a Costco yesterday and emerged with a $170 Nintendo 3DS. They did the price drop early and I couldn't help myself. Maybe that's a good thing, because I'd be left waiting all the way until some time next year if I wanted to get the Sony PlayStation Vita instead.

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Japan cracks down on virus makers with new cybercrime law

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A computer virus can make your computer do bad things you dont want it to do. They even cause millions of dollars in damage and waste network bandwidth. It's about time we fight back against the people who make viruses and Japan is leading the charge with a new law.

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NEC Android Tablet gets Dual Display

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A rose by any other name? NEC showed off its LT-W Cloud Communicator a few months ago at CES and now the dual-screen Android tablet is re-emerging with a new name. Behold the NEC LifeTouch W Tablet. The Acer Iconia is the only dual screen tablet in town.

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Radioactive Cars Shipped from Japan (But Don’t Worry About It)

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Sadly, the stories coming out of Japan aren't nearly as comical as their radioactive counterparts on The Simpsons. That said, should they be raising the kinds of alarms that they are?

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Spark Plugs Getting Replaced with Laser Ignition?

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Despite some advancements in greener ways to power our cars, regular internal combustion engines are still going to be around for the foreseeable future. That said, changes can be made to make them a little greener... like getting rid of the spark plug.

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Sharp Wi-Fi Portable TV stalks you in every room

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Think about where you would normally watch television. This is usually for the living room or the family room, but you might watch TV on your computer monitor or tablet device too. Fitting somewhere between those realms is the new Free-Style AQUOS HDTV from the folks at Sharp.

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Inexpensive Kondo Spider-Bot Demo’d on Video

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Robots are pretty awesome. As great as the humanoid bots may be, it's even better when you get something like the Kondo Spider-Bot. It's a robot that looks like a spider, complete with spider-like limbs that move the bot in a spider-like way. There's just one problem: it only has six legs.

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Unmanned QinextiQ Robots and Vehicles Help to Save Japan

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It's going to be a long time before Japan is really back on its feet. We already know about Nao and FirstLook seeing what they can do, but it's time to toss in some QinetiQ robots to help too.

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Forget Walking; Nao Robot to Learn Mountain Climbing

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We've always been fascinated with robots, particularly of the humanoid type. It's been a challenge for scientists to give them human-like movements, which is why it's taken them so long to get robots to walk, run, climb stairs, and play soccer. Nao is ready for more.

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$1 To Japan For Each Facebook Like

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Our good friends at AViiQ who manufacture all kinds of mobile accessories, have just tweeted that they will reach out to those troubled in Japan by the recent catastrophic earthquake and tsunami by donating $1 for each Facebook like they receive. Japan was hit by one massive 8.9 richter earthquake early on the morning of 3/11, and they continue to experience seismic activity totaling over 100 tremors in the last 24 hours.

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Robo Marathon Coming to Japan

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Oh Japan. The land of fantastic sushi and off-the-wall game shows. They're ready to take on another quirky spin, because a full marathon is being planned for a number of bipedal robots. Technology firm Vston is organizing the event.

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Electric nose lifter can lift your nose without resorting to plastic surgery

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For better or for worse (likely for worse), we live in a society that is very much caught up on appearances. We see all kinds of diet fads and fashion trends, but what about when it comes to your face? Do you hate your nose? Apparently, you're not alone.

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Mazda2-based electric vehicle to compete with Nissan Leaf?

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Mazda says that "the internal combustion engine is expected to remain at the heart of the automobile for the near future," but it also recognizes the importance of exploring the "development of various future eco-friendly technologies." One of these has to do with electric vehicles and that's where we find ourselves too.

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Talk-Torque 2 mute robot guides you through museum without talking

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The idea behind the Talk-Torque 2, which is almost more alien-like than robot-like, is that it can guide you through a museum using only gestures. The robot is supposed to "become a master at human communication without words," directing your attention toward points of interest as it acts as a tour guide through a museum, art gallery, or some other similar exhibit.

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