It's like a real life Godzilla movie in the Land of the Rising Sun as Japan is facing a wild monkey invasion in Karuizawa, killer hornets in Tokyo and unicycle riding robots, all of which will be covered in today's edition of What's Up With Japan.
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Israeli scientists have developed an electronic exoskeleton that can power the legs of paralyzed people.
The device, called ReWalk, is the brainchild of engineer Amit Goffer, founder of Argo Medical Technologies, a small Israeli high-tech company.
Described as a combination of the exoskeleton of a crustacean and the suit worn by comic hero Iron Man, ReWalk helps paraplegics -- people paralyzed below the waist -- to stand, walk and climb stairs.
ReWalk consists of motorized leg supports, body sensors and a back pack containing a computerized control box and rechargeable batteries. The system requires crutches to help with balance. The user chooses a setting with a remote control wrist band -- stand, sit, walk, descend or climb -- and then leans forward, activating the body sensors and setting the robotic legs in motion.
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Researchers in Leipzig have invented software that allegedly allows robots to learn movement through trial and error.
The software mimics the interconnected sensing and processing of a brain via a "neural network," allowing the simulated creatures to explore.
For instance, the video demonstrations, a simulated dog learns to jump over a fence, and a humanoid learns how to get upright and do back flips. The key word here being “simulated,” as they haven’t actually made any of this happen yet. In fact, the video demo of the software looks like it was created in 1983…but I digress…
DVD rental kiosk leader Redbox is about to get a big challenge from Blockbuster who plan to roll out 10,000 blue boxes of their own over the next 18 months.
Industry analysts expect that the DVD kiosk industry will grow substantially from $197 million last year to $760 million in 2010. We're a little more skeptical in light of ever-increasingly affordable technology in the home allowing for cheaper, faster delivery of rented material, but nobody listens to us.
Blockbuster is mum about the full business model but you can expect it's similar to Redbox which has 6,000 kiosks across the US, each with around 500 movies that rent for $1 a night. B-buster did say that they are working toward a DVD burner in the box that will allow customers to download, burn, and purchase a movie right there on the spot.
hollywoodreporter.com: Blockbuster plans 10,000 DVD rental kiosks