Japan has long been a leading force in the development of robotic technology, and visiting Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, aka Miraikan (Future Hall) really drives home that point.
Here, visitors can interact with ASIMO, the Honda-developed android that can run, perform tasks, and interact with people. Honda first unveiled ASIMO a decade ago, and even today it remains a futuristic vision of what robotics may one day hope to achieve on a consumer scale.
Miraikan also houses other, interactive automatons that show glimpses of what life might be like in 15, 20, or 30 years.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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