(Photo : Chris McGrath)
Robots are flooding now in Japan as Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition kicked off at Makuhari Messe (Mihama, Chiba-city), which aims to highlight business models for the new age.
"This year's exhibition theme is Connecting Society, Creating the Future. Society in the CPS/IoT age will create value through making connections. That is why linking industries, technologies and policy-making is the mission of the new Combined Exhibition of Advanced TEChnology (CEATEC) JAPAN," CEATEC JAPAN said on its official website.
CEATEC aims to be acknowledged for generating connections, such as international policy coordination and the creation of new business through links. According to CEATEC, everyone can expect that the event can pull together all technologies that support a CPS/IoT society to the services that make use of those technologies.
Very popular at this time is Katsumori Sakakibara's invention, a robot named Caiba which still needs human intervention.
Phys.org reported that Caiba (which means hippocampus, a key area of the brain, in Japanese), a high-waist robot, is actually controlled by a human wearing virtual reality handset and mechanical arms. Like for example the controller waves arms, Caiba would follow.
"People say what an amazing AI (artificial intelligence) we're using for the robot. So I tell them: 'well, it's actually a middle-aged guy'," Sakakibara told AFP during a press preview this week., Phys.org reported.
The CEATEC Exhibit is part of the 17-year celebration of CEATEC Japan, which is set to evolve from being a comprehensive exhibition for cutting-edge IT and electronics into a CPS/IoT exhibition starting this year.
The total number of exhibitors are as follows:
Asia (12 countries/regions / 140 exhibitors)
China (51), Taiwan (38), Korea (16), Malaysia (14), India (10), Hong Kong (5), Cambodia(1), Singapore (1), Thailand (1), Philippines (1), Vietnam (1), Macao (1)
Europe (10 countries/regions / 19 exhibitors)
France (5), England (2), Switzerland (2), Sweden (2), Spain (2), Germany (2), Ireland (1), Austria (1), Denmark (1), Romania (1)
North America (1 countries/regions / 27 exhibitors)
Middle East (1 countries/regions / 9 exhibitors)