Drones

Robots are nothing new in Japan. In fact, Japan is best known for their involvement with robotics. Today, Japan made a huge move and I’ll tell you what it is. The government of Japan, a country with a proven track record in electronics and robotics, is looking to fast track industry-friendly regulation to give its drone sector an edge over the United States. Companies from motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor to security firm Secom Co are readying drone technology and services, as advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drive a regulatory overhaul. The Robot Revolution Realization Committee, an advisory panel appointed by Abe, will review existing radio and civil aeronautics laws and set up industry-run best practice for drones. Another panel is asking companies for ideas on how to open up new special economic zones in Tokyo and other big cities to drones on a test basis.

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The Fukushima area, blighted by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, could also become a “field test zone” for robots and drones, largely free of regulation. Japan has been using drones in its farming industry since the 1980s, when an unmanned Yamaha R-50 helicopter took to the air to spray pesticide on rice crops. Today, more than 2,500 agriculture drones are in operation. Yamaha is now looking to adapt its drone technology for patrolling Japan’s borders or for checking oil and gas pipelines, spokesman Kenji Otsuki told Reuters. Secom will this month launch a service for small businesses that includes having a surveillance drone that can be scrambled to take photos of an intruder when an alarm sounds. Spokeswoman Asuka Saito said the company also wants to pitch its security drones for use at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There are so many uses for drones and Japan sure knowns what they are. They continue to amaze me with their knowledge and I hope it leads to greater things eventually.

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Robear

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I used to watch the series “Robocop” growing up and recently I have also seen the remake of the movie of Robocop. Why is this relevant? It’s relevant because it watching it again showed me how important the enforcement of justice is to society. Japan would not have problems like the comfort women issues if justice was enforced as strictly as robocop did in the movie. You see, these comfort women were abused because the people who were suppose to catch the bad guys were being the bad guys. What happens to society when the hand of justice is the corrupt cancer that spreads through those in power?

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I’ll tell you what won’t happen and that is anything good. In my recent readings, I have discovered the creation of a robot bear that I hope is intended for purposes such as the robocop did and that this would lead to justice being brought to such souls that abused those comfort women. Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cub-like face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from a wheelchair to a bed or a bath, Japan’s Riken institute said Tuesday. “The polar cub-like look is aimed at radiating an atmosphere of strength, geniality and cleanliness at the same time,” research leader Toshiharu Mukai told AFP. Having something like in this the area would definitely make criminals think twice about hiding their dark secret and shady activities in the forests of Japan. I have never imagined a robotic bear being the hand of justice. It’s quite a refreshing thought and as much as I’d love to say that making the machine look like a bear adds anything to it, I’m afraid the best positive point I can think of for it is that it adds a sense of camouflage in the jungle.

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Genius?

Sometimes, humans react to genius by rejecting the brilliant idea completely initially. I guess it happens because of how we naturally fear change sometimes or maybe it occurs because of our lack of intellect to understand the bigger picture. Nonetheless, whether the invention I will talk about is genius or not, I believe that it has the potential to become something great. The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. You might just be understanding why I opened up this article with an introduction about the blind genius of some people.

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I mean, to have some one, specifically a brilliant robot maker tell you that you should adjust to what robots can do is something that I would surely find bizarre. Hiroshi Ishiguro’s 28-centimer-tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for “social talker,” is programmed to mainly talk with a fellow robot, and won’t be trying too hard to understand human speech — the major, and often frustrating, drawback of companion robots. Sota, shown to reporters at a Tokyo museum Tuesday, goes on sale in July at under 100,000 yen each. To fully enjoy its features, one would have to buy at least two of them, although people can buy just one. I don’t clearly see where he is going with this invention but from a positive point of view on the topic, having robots that can communicate with each other in a way that humans cannot immediately understand can become at advantage in situations such as war. I do not promote war or anything but if the occasion does come along, having that kind of tech will greatly serve us and our armies. I hope that they continue to experiment with this invention so that the scientists behind this might realize what more they can do to improve and enhance the capabilities of these machines.

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The Rules

I am all for the advancement of robotic technology because of all the benefits that it gives and can potential give to us in the future. It really does make all the manual labor and computations easier when a computer is used in the work. There is, although, a possible threat to the progression of these technologies and I’m sure you can think of one or two movies you’ve seen growing up that highlights the threats of these robots in the future. A solid example would be the Terminator. The Terminator is a science fiction film that revolves around a robot sent from the future to save and kill specific targets to alter history itself. The robot made by man was the danger to man in this scenario and that is what makes the fear in the continuous innovation of how robots think and act, as well as what they are capable of.

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The development of artificial intelligence is growing fast and hundreds of the world’s leading scientists and entrepreneurs are urging a renewed focus on safety and ethics to prevent dangers to society. An open letter was signed by famous physicist Stephen Hawking, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk along with some of the top minds from universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, and Oxford, and companies like Google, Microsoft and IBM. Japan, being the leading country in the development of such techs should be above this matter and certainly taking this factor into consideration when making their newer and brighter designs for robots. I am confident that they already know this but to make people more aware of it is just as important so that we are all on the same page and we all would understand the safety given by man to man by simply ensuring the obedience and care of these robots for humans.

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Cars Cars Cars

There has been many companies that have announced their intentions to creation a self-driving vehicle for the past couple of months. A couple of days ago, two more companies announced their intention to do so that they plan to do it hand in hand. Nissan and NASA are planning to work together towards this goal and I honestly am excited to see what the results are and how fast they would be able to create results for them. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co and NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, last week announced a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars. Nissan is excited about the potential of self-driving cars, which executives say could lead to improved safety, a pillar for future autos along with low emission technology. NASA researchers will be working with Nissan’s research unit in Silicon Valley, they said in a joint statement.

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The maker of the Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models aims to introduce autonomous driving technology to consumers between 2016 and 2020. Ames developed the Mars rover software and robots on board the International Space Station. The safety technology in the works includes cars that know through sensors they are about to collide and will brake automatically, even if the driver doesn’t do a thing. There are also cars that can park themselves. At its most sophisticated, the technology could replace human drivers altogether, though there are many hurdles to that being put into practice on roads. I agree with their statements and see the many positive effects with would have on both road and road users. I hope they get their results quick because I wish to make the first car I ever buy a self-driving one. Why? Because I am ambitious like that plus it would save me a lot of money if my car could be my driver as well.

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Health Seat

Sharp is known for many electronic gadgets but their recent creation might catch people by surprise. Sharp showcased a prototype of their newest technological invention which they call the “Health Cockpit”. This invention of theirs might catch people by surprise because they don’t usually create technology that serves health and wellness purposes. I guess they saw that the world truly is moving towards becoming healthier so they decided to cash in that trend by creating this interesting machine. As its name suggests this Health Cockpit will check the physical and mental health conditions of the person sitting on it. The company has been receiving inquiries about the equipment from corporations and vendors of “housing for the elderly with home-care services.”

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And it has already been introduced to several facilities on a trial basis. Sharp expects that it will be employed by businesses, fitness clubs, drugstores and nursing homes, planning to commercialize it in the first half of fiscal 2015. This thing honestly reminds of me that table in the game, Pokemon, wherein the pokeballs are placed to heal your pokemons. Its design is nothing near the table from Pokemon though. It was actually designed to feel like the premium seats of an aircraft. As said earlier, it checks the physical and mental health of the person sitting and it measures health in terms of body weight, blood pressure, pulse rate, mental stress, blood vessel health, and shows measurement results on a monitor which also displays a total health score. Blood pressure is measured by A&D Co Ltd’s blood pressure meter that has Bluetooth capability and complies with the Continua Health Alliance standard. Pulse rate, mental stress and blood vessel health are measured by a pulse wave sensor. The interesting about this pulse wave sensor is that it uses an algorithm that Sharp developed with the help of U-Medica Inc. It calculates the degree of mental stress by seasuring the automatic nerve balance through a frequency analysis. I am no medical expert but for a machine to run all these tests in one sitting is truly astounding.

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This definitely will benefit the world once it is sold commercial because it can be used by anyone and everyone, both young and old. This, in some way, reminds me of the Lai dai han because of its orientation towards healing and health standards. This truly is revolutionary and I hope they continue to move towards this goal.

 

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Robot Mower

There is a company is Japan that just announced that they would be releasing robot mowers for golf course in 2015. I personally have never heard of this company until now so let me shed some light on our mystery robot mower making company. The company is called Mamiya OP and they are apparently a company that runs electronic device businesses like banknote counters as well as deals with sporting goods. With this being said, it’s quite surprising to find out that they got into the robot making business and that their robot making would be focused on golf courses. I’ve got to admit though, it’s a pretty smart idea to start a business like that. Golf is a rich man’s game. The clubs alone would cost a fortune for a normal earning man. With this being said, there is always a need to keep the fields and gardens where these rich men and women spend time swinging their clubs and hitting their beautiful white balls.

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Obviously, the usual way to get this regulation of the gardens and courses done is through manual labor. It’s been the way for the longest time now but I have always found it inefficient because of the amount of land and grass to be kept neat. Because of this, I am in complete support for the creation and implementation of such a robotic mower. This Robot Mower for Five Successive Fairways was made by combining Jacobsen’ mower and the I-GINS which means integrated GPS inertial navigation system. The price of the robot would be set at a range of 70000 dollars to 90000 dollars. I understand that it really is quite expensive, but considering that the income of the people who will make use of this is well beyond the price of the robot and considering that in the long run, the robot mower would eventually lead to savings from the golf course mowing, it truly seems like the next big thing in regulation such areas like golf courses and massive gardens. I hope Mamiya OP opens stocks to the public so I can invest in them because I believe this invention will boom in the industry.

 

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Synthetic Joints

This has to be a guilty pleasure of mine to read and learn about. All types of sciences and technologies amaze me, no doubt! but the specific branch of technological advancements that involve the recreation of synthetic production of certain organs and body parts is the science that pumps me up and excites me. I guess it excites me this much because of when I learn about these creations and inventions, I immediately think of the possibilities it opens up for the whole of humanity. I naturally like helping humans in any way possible. Along with this innate yearning to help, I also am very fond of science so when the two meet, I just go crazy for it. It’s this craze that leads me to write about this new technology that a Japanese research group developed in Tokyo. They were able to make an artificial joint using a pair of muscle pieces made by tissue culture for the first time in the world. Since it is synthetically made, I would assume that it could withstand more forces than the biological joint would handle.

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Such a bonus or feature could change the world’s professional life tremendously. Imagine the greatest of the greats having their severely injured joints replaced by brand new stronger ones. Imagine broken joints being replaced to give mobility back to those have lost it somehow. So many possibilities all due to one innovation and it’s only at the beginning of its era in the world. The artificial joint is expected to be used for the development of robots that move by using muscles equivalent to those of living bodies as well as regenerative medicine. How it works is quite simple. When electricity is applied to a certain side of the muscle piece, it shrinks. Hence it bends in the direction of the shrinking piece. It does so with the other side as well. The creators of this technology cannot stop emphasizing on how much longer it will last compared to a real joint and they explained it in terms of wear and tear. Eventually, the muscles shrink as a human ages so there comes a point wherein motion of the muscle is kept to a minimal. Since the artificial joint pulls on each other, they said that it would last 10 times longer. Now that’s what I call useful!

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Hayabusa

Outer Space is one of the most mysterious things to me. It holds so much, even more than what we as a race think it holds and yet we know so little of what it really is. There are so many conspiracies born off the imagination of different possibilities and I can’t help but pinpoint the creation of such improbable scenarios to the vast mystery that these outer spaces hold. It is also for this reason that I am very interested in space exploration projects. I believe that we should take time and put importance in research about this because I think there will come a time that our technologies will allow us to capitalize on what ever resources or energies be find in that great abyss. With that being said, I’m very glad to tell you guys that JAXA will be launching their asteroid hunting space probe in coming November 30, 2014.  The mission the probe will be sent on will last for 4 years and will hopefully bring back data regarding organic organisms that live on and in the asteroid they labeled as 1999JU3.

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They aimed for this asteroid specifically because it held more organic materials and water as compared to the asteroid that the first asteroid hunting probe was sent to scout upon. The scientists believe that data from this asteroid may hold vital information about the solar system’s origin from billions of years ago and any other mystery that might be related to this topic. They plan to have the probe land on a certain side of the asteroid and then have the probe plant a bomb that would dig up that specific portion. After digging up the necessary materials, the probe is expected to bring back the samples by the time the Tokyo 2020 Olympics start which would bring Japan even more prestige and recognition from the world if it is executed perfectly. I’m excited for what this project may give us in return. I hope it helps us have direction with what technologies to construct and focus on so that when the time comes, when that possibility to expand comes, we will be ready.

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Asteroid Hunting

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Many movies that show or depict the scenes of the dreaded “Armageddon” use scenes or scenarios that involve major asteroids crashing on earth which lead us to our demise. I’m not sure if any of those movies scared Japanese scientists as they grew up or if they want to prepare for such a possibility but what I do know is that they have official done something about it and it might even give the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo something to look forward to. Japanese space scientists have revealed the asteroid hunting space probe which they hope and plan to launch later this year on a mission to mine on another planet. The probe was named Hayabusa 2 and it is expected to be sent out to space on a rocket for a length and duration of four years to land on the asteroid that was quite plainly named 1999Ju3. When the time that it gets close enough to earth, which is predicted to happen in the year of 2018, it will release a powerful shot of cannon which will fire a meal bullet to the asteroid’s crust. After the destruction of its target asteroid, it will then return to collect material that was not destroyed in the blast. If all goes according to plan, the Japanese scientists hope to have those specific asteroid samples returned to Earth to be showcased at the Olympic Games of 2020.

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Hitoshi Kuninaka reaffirmed these plans and efforts in a press conference by JAXA or the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency wherein he and his team stated that they were readying their selves to double their efforts for their new voyage. The drone isn’t the only thing special about this voyage because the asteroid, 1999JU3, contains a significant amount of organic matter and water that will allow the Japanese researchers to learn more about what exists in the cosmos and other mysteries related to such knowledge. I personally am looking forward to this expedition and the findings that they may encounter on it. So much is unknown about the realities and what existences beyond our world and any information that can help us learn more about our universe is great quality knowledge anywhere in the world. I am in no doubt that JAXA and the Hayabasa 2’s exploration and collection will go as planned because they are very serious and professional about their line and quality of work. It’s what I expect and what other are expecting for also, knowing how Japan and its people approach their work.

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