2015 International Robot Exhibition Report in Pictures

Adriana Paradiso

Before you ever stepped foot on Japanese soil, you probably envisioned a society in complete integration with technology. Yet, when you got here, citizens communicated via flip phones with seemingly no sense of technology shame, workers with manual click counters manned entranceways tallying the number of visitors, and a card transaction was the equivalent of kryptonite to many shops and establishments.

Japan has, if only for a short while, remedied those technological letdowns by hosting the (biggest!) International Robot Exhibition (IREX) from Dec 2-5 at Tokyo Big Sight, allowing robot manufacturers in both the industrial and service fields to unveil the latest and greatest advancements in robotics. And as if a taste of the future wasn’t enough, entry to see the marvels of the automated world is free with preregistry—so you know we were there.

Without further adieu, here are some of our favorite shots from IREX!

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Student project demonstrating robotics applied to agriculture. | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Kokoro is a Sanrio company (Hello Kitty) – known for animatronic dinosaurs and the first hotel staffed by robots | Photo by David Ishikawa
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NEDO had the biggest booth with a full disaster scenario to showcase their rescue robots – unfortunately or fortunately | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Creepy | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Innophys Exo-Muscle – large booth showcasing their exo skeletons | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Waterbera – Circuit board rated for space environment | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Leonardo da Vinci Android Initiative,was on display at the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum (Milan) Sep 4- 27, 2015 – from the creator of Matsuko-roid | Photo by David Ishikawa
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Walking assistant | Photo by David Ishikawa
-When you're going on a picnic and you overpacked the cooler
-When you’re going on a picnic and you overpacked the cooler | Photo by David Ishikawa
You know - because cats
You know – because cats | Photo by David Ishikawa
Premaid AI from DMM - complete with various costumes - start price 138,000 yen
Premaid AI from DMM – complete with various costumes – start price 138,000 yen | Photo by David Ishikawa
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First humanoid robot designed for family use: “Programmable, Interactable, Affordable” | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Do you even lift, Ro? | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Nimble enough to capture weiners at lightning speeds. | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Robots doing the robot. (Really they’re automated mannequins looking to revolutionize the fashion world.) | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Wearable “Muscle Suit” Robot | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Not sure of your purpose, but I know I want to raise you as my own. | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Cuties | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Spill not one drop. | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Need a lift? | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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I want a wood-carved octopus, but I don’t want to do it myself. | Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Photo by Adriana Mazza
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Of course Pepper(s) made an appearance…with no shortage of side eye. | Photo by Adriana Mazza

Can’t make it to the International Robot Exhibition? We’ve got  you covered with our article on top spots to meet a robot in Tokyo.

Name: IREX at Tokyo Big Sight
Location(s): Odaiba,
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