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Tech Wars USA v.s. Japan
Japanese smart clothing uses nanofibers to monitor heartrate
Asimo meaning Advanced Step in Innovative mobility, is a humanoid robot designed and developed by Honda. Introduced on 21 October 2000, Asimo was designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant. With aspirations of helping those who lack full mobility, Asimo is frequently used in demonstrations across the world to encourage the study of Science and Mathematics. At 130 cm (4 ft 3 in) tall and 48 kg (106 lb), Asimo was designed to operate in real-world environments, with the ability to walk or run on two feet at speeds of up to 6 kilometers per hour (3.7 mph). In the USA, Asimo is part of the Innovations attraction at Disneyland and has been featured in a 15-minute show called "Say 'Hello' to Honda's Asimo" since June 2005. The robot has made public appearances around the world, including the Consumer Electronics Show(CES), the Miraikan Museum and Honda Collection Hall in Japan, and the Ars Electronica festival in Austria.
Japan Railway unveils it's next-generation bullet trains.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The U.S. is definitely lacking leadership in innovation as Japan takes the lead.
The United States appears to have have thrown its gear shift into reverse. We have been lacking creativity in education, research, arts, and culture. We have become a lazy breed of people and it is time to get back on the charts and improve this situation. American should invest more in Science, innovation, and Technology rather than investing billions in low-return public projects, like sports stadiums.
Once upon a time, America had a considerable lead over other nations. Now, we are drifting more and more behind. The U.S. led the world in scientific discovery and innovation for more than fifty years, so where did we go wrong? We definitely lost our competitive edge. For instance, Japan expanded it's network of rail lines to 1,483.6 miles with maximum speeds of 150-200 mph. We can't take our supremacy for granted. Nations from Europe to East Asia are on the fast track and have soared past us in scientific excellence and technological advances.
The EU-15region was found to have made more improvements over the last decade than the U.S. but slower in overall average. As a result, we ranked 29th among the 40 nations.
Japan's Humanoid robot
Developed by Japan's advanced industrial Science and Technology Center (AIST) shows off her skills during the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo on October 22, 2009. A monster-slaying bad breath blowgun, a rain-simulating 'funbrella' and a navigation-aid helmet that steers users by pulling their ears: welcome to Japan's latest whacky inventions. These bizarre gadgets and more -- some of them useful, most of them fun -- went on display at the Digital Content Expo, a fair showcasing futuristic gaming, arts, medical and other technologies that opened on October 22. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO. For more information visit http://phys.org/news156406932.html
USA v,s. Japan?
Who is more technologically advanced, USA or Japan?
Japanese security outfit develop camera that is also a motorcycle
Japan Security System Company wanted to develop a new high definition security camera for use with their clients. The problem, depending on how you see it, is that they contacted Chicara Nagata for it. He is a graphic designer known for his unique designs for custom made, high end motorcycles, and we don’t actually know what JSSC was expecting, but it seems logical that what they got back from the designer was a hybrid mix between a high tech camera and a 49cc motorcycle.
When JSSC left it to Nagata, giving him complete freedom how the security camera should look like, we are not surprised that it turned out to be this amazingly designed motorcycle/camera hybrid. Whatever they may choose to call it, is built around a simple motorcycle design that has a tiny 49cc Honda gas engine and several consumer level Sony surveillance cameras. Instead of headlights and tail lights, Nagata put in HD Sony cameras complete with night vision LED lights, with two more cameras built into the seat pan, looking out both sides. The motorcycle effectively has 360-degree vision, and someone can actually ride it. Bet your bottom dollar JSSC didn’t expect to get something like this.