The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), a government agency, announced that five Japanese robotics companies will be featured in its Robotics Innovation Showcase at CES. They’ll be looking to make inroads into the U.S. market.
- Azapa will show P2P local network technology for instant robot-to-robot communication. The company claims the technology also has utility in emergencies as well as automotive applications.
- Cerevo will show the Wall Bot, which lets kids build and operate “a small wheeled robot that can climbs the sides of refrigerators, magnetic white boards and other vertical magnetic surfaces. The Wall Bot can be remotely operated using Android devices, a Bluetooth-enabled remote control, or even a Nintendo Wii controller.” The company will also show a smart power strip called OTTO that can be controlled remotely with a PC or smartphone.
- Kiluck will show RAPIRO, “a cute, affordable and easy to assemble humanoid robot kit… RAPIRO can walk, grip a pen, and turn its head and waist.”
- PARO Robots will show the latest version of its therapeutic robot, PARO, which it says looks like a baby harp seal. The company reports that more than 3,000 PARO robots worldwide are being used “with clinically documented results proving PARO’s ability to mitigate the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and emotional complications stemming from the prolonged recovery associated with severe injury and illness. PARO stimulates positive interaction between patients and caregivers, therefore reducing stress of both the patients and caregivers.”
- Topy Industries will show the Crawler Robot, “a small unmanned ground vehicle designed for exploration of disaster areas and narrow spaces.”
The showcase exhibition will be located within the Robotics TechZone in South Hall 1, booth 21862. Follow JETRO’s robotics Twitter feed at @jetrousa_robot.
PARO’s inventor, Dr. Takanori Shibata, chief senior research scientist at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, will be part of the “Many Robots in Every Home: Meet the Purveyors of the New Robotics” panel on January 9 from 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in North Hall N260.