Japan

Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

Hanako 2 Dental Patient Robot Gets Upgraded

It's time again for news of freakishly human-like robots from Japan. We've seen plenty of very life-like humanoid robots in the past, such as with the Geminoids, but this one has a more defined purpose. The Hanako is a dental patient robot created for simulating real-life procedures for practicing dental students. Just recently, the robot got upgraded to Hanako 2 with major improvements in appearance.

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Pentax WG-1 GPS Now Available in Shiny Orange and Bright Beyond Belief

Pentax WG-1 GPS Now Available in Shiny Orange and Bright Beyond Belief

If there's one thing I love, it's multiple colorways, and what I mean when I say that is that if you make a device, and I'm talking to you OEMs, I love to see it in several different color combinations. Just yesterday we had a post up on Android Community about the onset of colors in the chassis of Android devices, now let's talk for a moment about the Pentax WG-1 GPS camera - a device which we last spoke about back in February as a rugged alternative to the fragile point and shoot devices that are so common in today's digital landscape. Today we see a colorway that doesn't make your eyes freak out and jump our of your head: Shiny Orange!

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iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

iRobot Packbots Enter Fukushima Reactor

Sunday, iRobot packbots entered the Fukushima Daiichi reactor building 3 to explore parts of the plant that have been closed to people since the facility was evacuated. Japanese nuclear workers were entering some locations in the plant just after the disaster, but now they've mostly pulled back to safe locations. The shorter term radiation doses were relatively safe, but at sustained elevated levels the threat of damage grows. The repair efforts continue with support from a number of robotic helpers.

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Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo 3DS UK Launch Most Successful Ever for the Gaming Company

Nintendo must be jumping for joy now that the gaming device is well on its way toward populating the hands and hearts of gamers all around the world. Especially in the UK, where this launch is now Nintendo's most successful EVER. The company has sold a ginormous 113,000 3DS handheld consoles in its opening weekend alone, this trumping even the Nintendo Wii which sold 105,000 units in the same amount of time at launch.

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Lady Gaga and “Little Monsters” Donate $1.5 Million to Japan Relief

Lady Gaga and “Little Monsters” Donate $1.5 Million to Japan Relief

Lady Gaga, has donated $1.5 million total to the Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and The American Red Cross. The money was raised through sales of the artist's Japan Prayer Bracelets. The bracelets sell for $5 each on her website. All proceeds from the purchase of the bracelets go to relief efforts, and buyers can also add an additional donation amount when purchasing.

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XCom Offers Free Mobile Data To Aid Japan Relief Effort

XCom Offers Free Mobile Data To Aid Japan Relief Effort

The aftermath of Japan's 8.9 magnitude earthquake is getting more dire now with nuclear radiation threatening parts of the country. Aid in the relief efforts is going full force from people all around the world, including telecommunications carriers offering up their services for free. XCom Global has now joined the ranks to offer free mobile internet access to Japanese relief workers.

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The State of Tech in Japan’s Recovery

The State of Tech in Japan’s Recovery

We've already written about the terrifying situation in Japan this past week, and how SlashGear readers can help the ongoing aid effort. Now, Japanese manufacturers are beginning to add up the impact the earthquake and tsunami have had on tech production, affected both by physical damage to facilities as well as ongoing power shortages and transportation break-down. Components used in everything from Apple's iPad 2 through digital cameras, mobile devices and computers have been impacted, with some estimates putting recovery several quarters out. Read on for more details.

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