The theme for this year's International Robot Exhibition (IREX) in Tokyo was "Making a Future with Robot." We're not exactly sure what that means, but we're definitely in favor of it, and here are some of the coolest things that we saw.
There's one caveat with our IREX coverage, and that's the fact that there was a bit of a language barrier going on most of the time. With the exception of some big international robotics companies, there simply wasn't a lot of information available on many of the robots that we saw. We're following up as best we can, but in the meantime, enjoy this highlight video and gallery that we've put together for you.
Fanuc's gigantic M-2000iA robot arm, which can lift 1,200 kilograms.
KUKA, meanwhile, was busy doing something else.
Need a car assembled on the show floor? Kawasaki's got it covered.
Robot arms don't get much more blinged out that being entirely chrome-plated.
High-speed dice sorting.
This robot has been set up to autonomously (and flawlessly) decorate nails.
Cup Noodles on the attack.
Toyota giving a demo of their Human Support Robot.
Japan gets kids started early on powered exoskeletons.
Beautiful linkages in a robot hand.
Toyota's master/slave robot arm system.
HiBot's aquatic robotic snake frolicking in its own swimming pool.
Robotis' gigantic walking humanoid robot, grown out of their high-end hobby servos.
DARWINs dancing in traditional Korean outfits.
Everybody loves Paro. Everybody.
[ IREX 2013 ]