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Tomorrow Daily: We love these adorable Japanese robots holding a press conference

An all-robot press conference in Japan introduced us to CommU and Sota, two of the cutest robots we've ever seen. There's a bit more to them than simply looking "kawaii": they may someday be capable of acting as a kind of robo-companion for Japan's elderly population.

By January 22, 2015


These robots held a press conference, and darn if it wasn't cute

Technically Incorrect: In Japan, Kodomoroid and Otonaroid convene a public chat ... with a pair of mini-droids. Might this be a fine prognosticator of news conferences to come?

By January 20, 2015


Smartphone robo-cushion lets you love the one you're not with

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro's "Hugvie" translates your caller's voice into huggable vibrations. Great for long-distance lovin' -- and maybe a new form of high-tech group grope too.

By April 27, 2012


Robo-runners complete marathon in photo finish

Team Vstone's Hobby bot Robovie-PC is the fastest robot marathon runner in the land, completing the race in 54 hours, 57 minutes, and 50 seconds.

By February 28, 2011


Biped-robot marathon kicks off in Osaka

In what organizers are calling the world's first bipedal-robot marathon, foot-high humanoids compete in endurance test to run a full 26-mile marathon.

By February 24, 2011


Robovie R3 robot wants to hold your hand

New humanoid robot is designed to help the elderly and disabled with everyday tasks. Cheaper than earlier versions, it still costs as much as a sports car.

By April 21, 2010


Hobby robot Robovie packs PC power

Japanese robot maker Vstone has announced a premium humanoid hobby robot that runs on its own PC, enabling easier programming and better functions.

By October 6, 2009


Transforming robot kicks butt, carries creator

Fighting robot OmniZero can transform from humanoid into car and then a walking seat. It's the latest from the world of Robo-One warrior bots.

By September 28, 2009


Citizen's robot army

Well, more like soccer players. Still, the Eco-drive bots move "as long as there is light or until breaking," the watch maker says.

By October 8, 2007


Soccer-playing bots bask in world victory

Humanoid, entertainment robots duke it out for top spots at RoboCup 2005 smackdown in Osaka, Japan. Photos: Bots score in soccer

By July 19, 2005