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This sheet turns your windows into mirrors

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology says its stick-on film turns glass into a smart window, and can reduce the air conditioning load by reflecting sunlight.

By February 19, 2013

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Two-armed robot takes on risky lab work

This modified assembly robot has been put to work in the lab, where it's handling dangerous materials to keep people out of harm's way.

By July 7, 2012

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Laser display could mean 3D sans screens

Annoyed by the need for pesky 3D glasses and screens? This 3D projector uses focused laser light for a true sense of dimension.

By November 15, 2011

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Robot seal Paro comforts Japan tsunami victims

Japan's famous robot seal Paro has been used in nursing homes in several countries. Now it's helping victims of the March 3 earthquake and tsunamis.

By July 20, 2011

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Humanoid plant workers wow crowds at iRex

At the 2011 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, power-lifting bots mix it up with the latest humanoids.

By November 9, 2011

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Will Japanese 'Segway' ever get off the ground?

Japan's AIST lab recently showed off its version of the Segway--the joystick-controlled AIST Micromobility vehicle. It boasts an obstacle sensor to help riders navigate crowded environments.

By April 15, 2010

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HRP-4 robot can strike a pose, pour drinks

Japan is still upgrading its HRP series of humanoid servants. The latest prototype, HRP-4, can stand on one leg, strike a pose, and generally look cool.

By September 16, 2010

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Japan's HRP robot flexes muscles at Obama

President Obama gets a dose of cyber-cuteness from Japanese robots at an APEC summit in Yokohama over the weekend.

By November 15, 2010

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Here comes the cybernetic bride

Japan demonstrates its playful approach to technology and robotics by showing off an android bride at a fashion show by designer Yumi Katsura in Osaka.

By July 22, 2009

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Robot roller skates less bulky than Segway

Researchers at Japan's state-backed AIST lab are developing prototype robotic roller skates that automatically respond to user movements.

By November 27, 2009