There should be no doubt that Japan is the world’s leading nation when it comes to the production and promotion of robots of all kinds.
Each year, Nippon’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) chooses a handful of robots it thinks are especially cool and gives them the so-called Robot Award [JP]. The ministry yesterday announced the eight winners (chosen out of 65 applicants) of the “Robot Award 2008″.
Here are all winners:
Category: Service robots
Omnibot17µ i-sobot from Takara Tomy
Rice-transplanting robot from Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
Category: Industrial robots
Small assembly conveyance robot XR-G from Denso Wave
10th generation LCD glass substrate processing robot MOTOMAN-CDL 3000D from Yaskawa Electric
Category: Other robots and parts
The METI will select winners of the Grand Prize and the Venture Award for SMEs from these robots and announce them December 18.