Tim Hornyak

Tim Hornyak is a freelance science and technology journalist based in Tokyo. He is also the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots. Hornyak has worked as Tokyo correspondent for IDG News, producing articles and videos for websites such as Computerworld, Macworld, and Network World. He has also contributed to media such as Nature, Scientific American, National Geographic News, and the MIT Technology Review.

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Japan Hopes to Spark Robot Revolution at iREX 2017

Japan Hopes to Spark Robot Revolution at iREX 2017

Humanoids mixed with industrial robots as Japan kicked off its biennial International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2017 in Tokyo on Wednesday, featuring cutting-edge smart machines for the workplace and beyond amid Japan’s aging population and shrinking labor pool. Like many trade...

Why SoftBank Bought Boston Dynamics

Why SoftBank Bought Boston Dynamics

SoftBank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and Schaft.

MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills

MIT C-LEARN Helps Robots Learn, Share Skills

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...

Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again

Toyota’s Welwalk Robot Brace Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again

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...

Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android

Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android

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.