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Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (12)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:33
We have almost finished the assembly of the aibo's leg and started to put together the part below the knee. Specifically, the shin will be connected to the assembled thigh. The Sony engineer does not look tired and continued to do the work.

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (11)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:16

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (10)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:09
We started to put together the legs of the aibo. They account for 12 of the 22 axes of the aibo. They are important parts for expressing the motions of a dog. However, it would take a tremendous amount of time to assemble all of the four legs. Considering that each leg has the same basic structure, we decided to assemble only the right rear leg.

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (9)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:52
In the latter half of the assembly of the aibo's head, we will attach a camera, ToF sensor, OLED panel modules (eyes), etc. This time, we were impressed by Sony's thorough efforts to make screws invisible from the outside.

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (8)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:48

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (7)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:38
We finally started to complete the head of the aibo. Its speaking eyes greatly contribute to the attractiveness of the new aibo. The eyes use high-quality OLED panels, but, in terms of parts, there are many other improvements.

Lexus LS Comes With New V6 Engine (3)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:35
As in the case of the Camry, the setting angle of the LS' V-6 engine is as wide as about 40°. Many of Toyota's previous engines have a setting angle of about 30°. According to the company, when the angle increases, so does the tumble ratio, until the angle reaches a certain degree.

Lexus LS Comes With New V6 Engine (2)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:33
The employment of the "Common Architecture" common design guidelines for engines, which Toyota started to apply in 2017, greatly contributed to the high thermal efficiency. The company first applied the guidelines to the 2.5L engine of the "Camry."

Lexus LS Comes With New V6 Engine (1)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:24
The Lexus "LS" luxury sedan, which Toyota Motor Corp released in October 2017, comes not only as a hybrid vehicle but also as a vehicle equipped with a newly-developed 3.5L V-6 direct-injection twin-turbo gasoline engine.

Ciel Terre Japan Completes 2.5MW Floating Solar Plant in Mie

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:14
Ciel Terre Japan KK (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) completed the construction of a solar power plant on the water surface of a pond in Mie Prefecture, Japan, in January 2018.

'Smart Bus Stop' Comes With Solar Panel, E-paper

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:09
Michinori Holdings Inc, Aizu Bus Co Ltd, etc started a verification test for commercializing a next-generation smart bus stop in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Feb 17, 2018.

Infini Aims to Enter Global Market With 'Fukushima Pride' (1)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:24
"Because of the teamwork of the employees recruited in Fukushima Prefecture, stable operation of the new factory was finally achieved after a series of problems," said Naoto Kotera, managing director of Infini (Naniwa-ku, Osaka City) and factory manager of the Fukushima Factory, impressed by the "efforts" of the employees at the Fukushima Factory.

Solar Plant Faces Reality of Output Control in Nagasaki

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:37
Iki is a remote island of Nagasaki Prefecture roughly 80km offshore in the Sea of Genkai to the northwest of Kyushu. The island stretches about 17km from north to south and 15km from west to east. Most of the island is a lava plateau with little difference in altitude.

SB Energy to Build 1MW Solar Plant in Shizuoka

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:10
SB Energy Corp will build a solar power plant with an output of about 1.0MW in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, planning to start operation in August 2018.

Nissan's Infiniti Concept Expected to Have Variable-compression-ratio Engine

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:20
Nissan Motor Co Ltd showed "Q Inspiration Concept," a concept model of a mid-size sedan of the Infiniti brand, at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) 2018, which was open to the public from Jan 20 to 28, 2018.

Honda's New "Acura RDX" Comes With 2.0L Direct-injection Turbo Engine

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:19
Honda Motor Co Ltd exhibited a prototype of the new "RDX" crossover SUV (sport-utility vehicle) of the Acura brand at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) 2018, which was open to the public from Jan 20 to 28, 2018.

Security Sensor Powered by Film-type Dye-sensitized Solar Cell

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:28
Secual Inc (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) and Sekisui Chemical Co Ltd co-developed the "Secual Next-generation Security Sensor" by using Sekisui Chemical's film-type dye-sensitized solar cell (film-type DSC).

SHI Receives Order for 112MW Coal/biomass-fired Power Plant

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:27
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd (SHI) announced Dec 22, 2017, that it has received an order for coal/biomass-fired power generation facilities to be built on the premises of the Kaita Base of Hiroshima Gas Co Ltd.

NEDO: Solar Cell-equipped EVs Might Not Have to Be Charged

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:46
"Depending on how they are used, electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with solar cells do not have to be charged at all throughout the year," according to a report published by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Farmland Transformed to 27MW Solar Plant, Consideration Given to Goshawks

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:54
Mount Daisen (1,709m above sea level) in Tottori Prefecture, the highest mountain in the Chugoku region, is sometimes called Hokifuji, because of its appearance (like Mt. Fuji) and the former name of the local administrative area (Hoki-no-kuni).