This Quadcopter Turns Into a Self-Balancing Rolling Wheel

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have managed to teach a quadcopter some impressive new tricks that vastly expand its capabilities past flying. Their Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land Vehicle—or MUWA for short—features variable pitch propellers so the thrust can be directed in opposite directions, allowing… » 11/05/13 8:50am 11/05/13 8:50am

Robot Does Chores, Learns Not to Put Socks in Refrigerator

The new “Home Assistant Robot” is the product of joint research between Toyota and the University of Tokyo. And while it's not as fancy as Asimo » 10/27/08 9:15am 10/27/08 9:15am, the 5-foot, 286lb home robot is probably a whole lot more practical—it cleans instead of dancing and packs two wheels instead of tricky legs.The HAR uses five cameras and…

Scientists Serve Up Bluetooth Replacement in the Form of Inkjet-Printed…

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a new 1mm thick plastic sheet inkjet-printed with various nanoparticles and insulating and semiconducting polymers that enables electronic devices placed on it to communicate with one another. A technology like this would have advantages over other means of… » 12/14/07 4:30pm 12/14/07 4:30pm