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.
At Shibuya Crossing, in an onsen or on the train—wherever you go in Japan, take the internet with you. Global Connexion is a handy pocket–click here for details
Without further adieu, here are some of our favorite shots from IREX!