Robots Ready for Work and Play
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- It's Robodex time in Japan again and that means a gamut of new robots including both improved and upgraded models and brand new machines, many from companies presenting their first work in the fast-growing field of robotics.
Some robots, familiar to visitors to previous exhibitions, are back in upgraded versions.
The Sony robot isn't on sale yet but is intended to be an entertainment
device much like the company's Aibo robot dogs. Honda is developing Asimo for
Other companies are also developing robots that are intended to help people.
It's not all commercial robots. Several Japanese universities that lead in robot research are also at the fair and will be showing their latest research and development efforts. Unlike the work being done by major companies, the university research is usually concentrated on a narrow area of robotics, such as developing ways to make human-robot interaction easier, and the prototypes on display are less polished.
The show, which is being held for the third time, is expected to draw around
70,000 people over its four-day run at the Pacifico Yokohama center. Organizers
say there will be 79 different robots on display from 35 groups and
organizations. More information can be found on the web at