A diverse range of exciting technology is currently being displayed in Tokyo for Japan Robot Week, an annual event that offers a glimpse into the gadgets of the future.
Held in the East Hall of Tokyo Big Sight, the event showcases a range of robots designed for different activities and uses, primarily focusing on service robotics. It features exhibitions from 193 companies and organisations, with 465 booths. As well as that, this year features the seventh Robot Awards ceremony and exhibition, joint displays from universities and laboratories, and a range of programs and talks related to furthering the field of study.
Intriguing technologies showcased at this year’s exhibition include a range of humanoid robots designed to assist in domestic and commercial tasks, robotic cats and dogs, powered suits, trousers and backpacks with innovative technology and a range of communication robots. One of the robots exhibited at the show is Paro, the robotic seal designed as a therapeutic assistant to help at nursing homes or hospitals where real animals are not allowed.
Last year, the Japanese government announced a strategy that will see concentrated focus on robotics innovation over the next five years, pledging to invest a stunning 100 billion Yen ($990 million US) in projects while aiming to expand the service robot market by 1.4 trillion Yen ($13.8 billion US).