A soft, on-the-fly solution to a hard, underwater problem

Studying the animals that live in the deep ocean is notoriously difficult, especially because the underwater equipment that exists for sampling them is designed for marine oil and gas exploration and frequently damages the delicate creatures they’re trying to capture. Now, researchers have created a soft, flexible sampling device that interacts with delicate marine life gently, and can be 3D printed directly on board ships, greatly increasing the variety of animals that can be collected in one expedition and reducing costs and time. 
A soft, on-the-fly solution to a hard, underwater problem

Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots

In a symbiotic human-robot interaction project, a multimodal conversation control system and a multi-robot conversation control system were developed to promote a robot with a higher degree of human-like presence as well as a ‘sense of conversing’. This project attempted to expand the field of activity of such conversational robots and has resulted in the development of a child-like android ‘ibuki’, which has equipped with wheels that could enable the android to move around.
Improvement of humanlike conversations in humanoid robots