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Tsukuba Robots – Cyberdyne Studios

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on November 17, 2014

If you find yourself in the neighborhood of the Ias Tsukuba shopping center in Ibaraki prefecture north east of Tokyo you could consider visiting the Cyberdyne Studios gallery on the second floor of the center. It is a gallery showcasing the robot and exoskeleton technology currently being developed at Tsukuba University as well as a selection of other man and machine cultural artifacts: Iron Man, a Terminator, something from the Evangelion series and some historic robots including Elektro and his dog Sparky that were showed to the public on the 1939 New York World Fair. There are also a whole bunch of robots and vehicles from the 1985 Tsukuba World Fair. The addition of a robotic design studio to a shopping center is no coincidence, as the nearby Tsukuba University has ambitions to become one of the world leaders in robotics and are already prototyping several kinds of exoskeletons for farm and field workers, some of which are seeing commercial use starting this year.

The most famous Cyberdyne products are the HAL line of exoskeleton for medical and therapeutic use that allows disabled people greater mobility and strength.

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  1. rudyhou said, on November 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    i like that little japanese man-robot carrying a tea cup and saucer.

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    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2014 at 2:18 am

      It is an old Edo-period sort of “Automata”, a wind up robot that serves tea!

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