Avatar has taken one giant leap towards becoming real thanks to some Japanese robotics boffins. Their new Telesar V gives wearers of a head-mounted display, some vest-mounted sensors and a special pair of gloves the ability to not only control a robot, but see, hear and feel what it does too.
Just when you thought it was over, the temperature at reactor number 2 at Fukushima's nuclear plant has soared 26.7 degrees Celsius in the last few hours. Worse: they don't know why the temperature is increasing after being stabilised for so long.
I may not speak Japanese, but “oh crap” is pretty much universal no matter what language you shout it in. As the water breaks over the sea wall you can see cars get taken out by the water, their poor drivers trapped, in this just released footage of the horrendous disaster.
The rising death rate in Japan has lengthened the average wait for cremation to roughly four days. That's a long 96 hours to let you lay there and ripen. So what do you do after shuffling off this mortal coil? You get yourself to a corpse hotel, obviously.
Having ditched making hardware after the amazing but ill-fated Dreamcast, it looks like Sega’s dipping its toe, or something else, back into console game – but this time you’ll only find them in men’s bathrooms.
Cleanup efforts around the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are expected to require decades — up to fifty years, in fact. However, if a new radiation decontamination technology from Toshiba and IHI pans out, that date will come much, much sooner.
The Japanese do love their robots, so it’s not all that much of a surprise that the country is turning to them for its food production. The plan is to set up an autonomous robot farm on one of the worst Tsunami hit areas, using a £33m investment to regenerate the struggling Japanese agriculture industry.
As Japan rebuilds their giant Gundam statue, Hajime Sakamoto remains unimpressed. He wants to build a working Gundam, and hopes his company's 4m humanoid robot — complete with room for a human pilot — is a step in the right direction.
Using radiation meters to map out radioactive hotspots is a time consuming process. So to assist the cleanup efforts around Fukushima City, Toshiba has developed a portable video camera that provides real-time visualisations of where those dangerous hotspots might be.
Problem: nobody knows just how bad the radioactive contamination is at Fukushima, nine months later. Prediction: still pretty bad. Solution: send in a bunch of monkeys armed with radiation meters and GPS collars, and hope for the best. Let's do it!
If this monstrous snaking course is what slides are like at Japanese playgrounds, my mind probably won't even be able to begin to comprehend the magnitude of their swingsets. I imagine they must tower over skyscrapers.
Those crazy Japanese. Never sated, always pushing for the next big thing, and I love them for it. If you thought 4G running at up to 100Mbps or Wi-Fi peaking at 600Mbps was fast, think again. How does wireless 30Gbps without fibre sound?