International Robot Exhibition 2009

The annual International Robot Exhibition (iREX) was held from November 25-28, 2009 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, Japan.

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Japan has the highest robot to person ratio in the world and the robot exhibit itself has been held since 1973, with nearly 200 companies and 64 organizations from Japan and overseas (such as Germany, Korea and Vietnam) participating this year.

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According to the iREX website, “this show is designed to provide a place to exhibit robots and related equipments in order to enhance market awareness of new technology. At the same time, the show is to be a medium to promote new products and to develop new business through contributing the promotion of new technology.”

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An Actoroid (actor android) receptionist robot was developed by Japan’s robot maker Kokoro.

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With one of the largest booths in the show, Yaskawa Electric Corporation displayed a variety of humanoid Motoman industrial robots able to perform tasks ranging from lego brick building to cooking.

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Kawada Industries demonstrated their NEXTAGE next-generation industrial humanoid robot.  Why Humanoids indeed!

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There were several other humanoid robots demonstrating a number of different functions including elderly care, reception and athletics.

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Several toy robots were on display and for sale.

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Today, robots are commonly used for industrial purposes.

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Robotic arms and hands looked weirdly disembodied.

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TOPIO, a ping pong playing robot by TOSY (Vietnam), waited for a worthy opponent.

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There were a number of booths on display from Korea, under the Premium Korea label.

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An intelligent building guide robot with arms, speech capabilities, and face/voice recognition skills was on display along where several other robots.

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Finally, there was a special exhibition featuring past and present robot award winners, including Lego Mindstorms.

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5 thoughts on “International Robot Exhibition 2009

  1. I was torn. I’m tired of making the trip all the way out to Big Sight, but it was an event filled with robots. Hard choice. Deciding factor was that I had work those days. Sigh. I’ll have to make up for the deficit by spending more time with maids tomorrow…

    If only there was a maid robot cafe (maids dressed up as robots…)

  2. Very cool. As a kid, one of my favourite pasttimes was to build robots out of old electronics (TVs, radios, clocks, etc.). Interesting to see how futuristic movies have also influenced robot design, in a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of way.

  3. Pingback: Year In Review: Exhibitions « Konnichiwa

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