Lonely Planet Writer

A glimpse at incredible gadgets of the future at Japan Robot Week

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.

A guest touches the humanoid robot during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.
A guest touches the humanoid robot during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Image
The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music.
The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
The Tori Robot, made to look like the Japanese actor Tori Matsuzaka developed by Robot Yuenchi.
The Tori Robot, made to look like the Japanese actor Tori Matsuzaka developed by Robot Yuenchi. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
Pepper Robot, developed by Softbank talks to the guests during the event.
Pepper Robot, developed by Softbank talks to the guests during the event. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images

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.

The powered suit developed by Nedo.
The powered suit developed by Nedo. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
The companion robot 'Paro' for use in nursing homes and situations where real pets are not allowed.
The companion robot ‘Paro’ for use in nursing homes and situations where real pets are not allowed. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
A member of staff from Tokyo University of Science wears a powered suit they developed during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.
A member of staff from Tokyo University of Science wears a powered suit they developed during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images

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.

Staff from Tsukuba Gakuin University chat with the Communication Robot 'Nao'.
Staff from Tsukuba Gakuin University chat with the Communication Robot ‘Nao’. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
Staff demonstrate the Pet Robots 'Hello! Woonyan' and 'Hello! Zoomer' developed by Takara Tomy.
Staff demonstrate the Pet Robots ‘Hello! Woonyan’ and ‘Hello! Zoomer’ developed by Takara Tomy. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images
The communication robot 'Palro'.
The communication robot ‘Palro’. Image by Taro Karibe/Getty Images

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).