SoftBank‘s human-like robot named ‘pepper’ performs during a news conference in Chiba, Japan. Japan’s SoftBank Corp said on Thursday it is setting up a joint venture with Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba and electronics supplier Foxconn Technology to sell its human-like robot Pepper around the world
Nestle Chief Executive Officer Paul Bulcke interacts with a robot named “Pepper” after the full year 2014 results conference at the company headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. In December 2014 Nestle began to use the robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp.
A mechanical installation named “Long Ma”, operated by French performance art company La Machine, performs in front of the National Stadium in Beijing.
Mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, 32, of Divnogorsk, Siberia, tests the Alien Samurai, an electro-mechanical mobile robot he made from used car components
Billionaire Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer of SoftBank offers his hand to a robot called Pepper, developed by the company’s Aldebaran Robotics unit, during a news conference in Urayasu, Japan
Titan, a robot created by England’s Cyberstein Robots, walks through Danilovsky market in downtown Moscow, Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a flower from a robot decorated with typical Dutch attributes − a traditional dress and a tulip − during the official opening of the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in central Germany on Monday.
Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli controls his self-made humanoid robot (from behind) to move towards a door during an interview with Reuters at his house located in an old residential area in Beijing. The self-taught Chinese inventor built the machine, named The King of Innovation, out of scrap metal and electronic wires that he bought second-hand from a market. He completed his creation in less than a year, with costs of production and living expenses amounting to Rmb300,000 ($49,000). However, the robot, which measures 2.1m high and 48kg in weight, turned out to be too tall and heavy to walk out of the front door of his home. It can perform simple movements with its hands and legs and also mimic human voices.
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Giant robot, Cygan, is one of the lots at Christie’s “Out of the Ordinary” sale and is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12-000 when it goes under the hammer on September 5 2013, in London
A one-third scale model of the giant robot Gundam, made of steel and fabric glass, is displayed during an exhibition at Hong Kong‘s Time Square on Friday. The 2-ton and 6-metre high figure is said to be the largest Gundam ever showcased outside of Japan.
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Engineered Arts design and production engineer Marcus Hold works on a nearly completed RoboThespian robot in Penryn, England. The Cornish company, operating from an industrial unit near Falmouth, is the world’s only maker of commercially available life-sized humanoid robots. Now in its third generation, the fully interactive and multilingual RoboThespian is sold around the world to science centres and visitor attractions, but increasingly to academic research groups and universities where they are used as research and development platforms.
Robot Kirobo talks to Fuminori Kataoka of Toyota during its unveiling in Tokyo. Dentsu, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota announced that the jointly developed humanoid astronaut will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Centre to the International Space Station on August 4 2013.