Tim Hornyak author profile
About Timothy Tim Hornyak is a freelance science and technology journalist based in Tokyo. Born in Montreal, Hornyak moved to Japan in 1999 and worked for Japanese news organizations before coauthoring guidebooks to Japan and Tokyo for Lonely Planet. He is also the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots. He has worked as Tokyo correspondent for IDG News, producing articles and videos for websites such as Computerworld, Macworld and Networkworld, and has contributed to media such as Scientific American, National Geographic News and MIT Technology Review.
All posts by TimothyWhy Softbank Bought Boston Dynamics
June 9, 2017 · Softbank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its an impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT.MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills
May 10, 2017 · MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a Constraints Learning (C-LEARN) system that easily teaches robots a variety of tasks, including opening doors, transporting objects and extracting objects from containers. After a robot learns a new skill with this C-LEARN system, that knowledge can be automatically transferred to other robots.Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again
April 13, 2017 · Toyota will commercialize in Japan the Welwalk WW-1000 rehabilitation assist robotic system that helps stroke victims get back on their feet and walking again. Toyota plans to rent 100 units to Japanese medical centers beginning in September. There will be a set up cost of 1 million yen ($9,173) and a monthly fee of 350,000 yen ($3,210).Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
March 22, 2017 · Androidol U is a new life-like female android developed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. Androidol U is a fully autonomous conversational robot that has a more compact air servo system, better voice and body movement coordination and softer body materials compared to previous androids.Panasonic Smart Cart Helps You Take a Load Off
February 17, 2017 · Panasonic's Smart Cart is a prototype mobile robot that can tow either standard airport luggage carts or grocery carts. It can haul up to 330 lbs, including the weight of the cart itself. The Smart Cart can autonomously follow its user by tracking his or her footsteps.Cute Robots Rule at Ceatec 2016
October 7, 2016 · At Ceatec 2016, Japan's biggest technology show, global brands such as Toyota, Sharp and Fujitsu were drawing crowds with their latest robots.Delivery Drone Tees Off at Japanese Golf Course
April 25, 2016 · A Japanese golf course is testing a drone delivery service that delivers refreshments to golfers while they’re on the course. The Sora Raku drone delivery service was developed by online shopping giant Rakuten and Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory.Pepper Robots Selling iPhones in Tokyo
March 28, 2016 · Softbank begins trial with Pepper humanoid robots staffing a cellphone store in Tokyo. Peppers “staff” the shop on three floors and they’re programmed to sell iPhone 6s phones and introduce a new electricity service from a SoftBank subsidiary.The Fascinating Humanoid Robots of iREX 2015
December 11, 2015 · Japan's International Robot Exhibition (iREX) has a heavy emphasis on industrial robots, but humanoid robots played a large role at this year's show.