Shadow Robot Company returned from Japan, after exhibiting at Robodex 2002
in Yokohama. Being the only foreign exhibitors at the show and surrounded
by some of the best in Japanese robot design, we had expected to be totally
humiliated. How can a tiny company, from a country with almost no robot
industry, not look foolish beside the robot giants, with fancy new walking
People enjoyed jumping and screaming as the 35 Air Muscles in the forearm bulged like Popeye. Being the only robot at the show that people could touch, it was also popular with the two blind visitors, who hadn't thought much of the show until then.
Our small stand was
packed throughout each day, as the arm continuously demo'd its full range
of movements, and dexterous fingers, as the crowds were less impressed
by the hourly demos at the other stands.
Ever since the pigeon feeder robot experience, we have vowed that our robots should be robust under extreme circumstances, and our efforts have paid off.
The Lego Hand had a sign next to it saying 'Please Touch' in Japanese. This was throughly appreciated by the children, who could see the air muscles working at their command.
We would like to express our thanks again to the organisers of the show, who brought it all together with amazing speed and efficiency, and who kindly helped us with our every need. We especially wish to thank Mr Hayashi, the Chief Producer of PEP Planning, and our skillful interpreters.
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