iREX 2015: World's Largest Robotics Tradeshow Begins Tomorrow in Tokyo
Almost all the Droids You’re Looking For
Those who love robotics and are lucky enough to be in the Tokyo area this week are in for something truly special: Wednesday morning at 10:AM, the Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun will open the doors to iREX 2015 - the largest and most comprehensive robotics tradeshow on planet earth!
This year marks the 21st installment of the biennial exhibition, and it far outsizes any previous show, which, parallel to the increasingly diverse and booming global robotics industry, probably makes it the largest robotics event - of any kind - in history.
- What: International Robot Exhibition 2015
- Organizers: Japan Robot Association (JARA); Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
- When: Wednesday, December 2nd to Saturday, December 5th
- Hours: 10:AM - 5:PM Daily
- Where: Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center; East Hall
- Entrance Fee: ¥1,000 (~$8); free to those under 16
- Event Website: English here; Japanese, Chinese, and Korean also available
Largest Robotics Tradeshow...Ever?
iREX 2013 was profoundly impressive with 1,266 booth spaces presented by a healthy, international array of 336 robotics companies, related academic institutions, and governmental organizations. The event was attended by 103,804 individuals.
iREX 2015, however, is a considerable level-up: this year’s show boasts a 33% jump in the number of professional participants (446) and a massive 48% increase in booth space (1,882). At the risk of overstating the point, once again we’ll remind you that a robotics event of this size and scope is wholly unprecedented (click the image below to browse the full-res PDF map of this year’s floorplan).
iREX 2015: ‘Making a Future with Robot’
Mirroring industry trends and patterns, this year’s event will prominently feature industrial, service and assistive, and disaster response robotics (for the latter, at least two of the Japanese humanoids that participated in this year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge will be on display). A number of specialty presentations, lectures, and forums will also be held throughout the 4-day event.
Sure, there’s an “s” missing in the event’s theme, but it’s an insignificant fault in the highly effective and impactful work JARA and Nikkan Kogyo do to promote robotics industries, education, and general awareness. The event is welcoming to all ages and virtually guaranteed to inspire the entire spectrum of attendees from wide-eyed children to geeky journalists to cutting-edge industry players and even the stodgiest of academics.
We sincerely cannot recommend this event strongly enough, but we also know most readers won't be joining the fun here in Tokyo - naturally, that’s where we come in, so stay tuned for much more in the coming days, and until then, take a look at what we found in 2013.
iREX 2013 Videos and Gallery
- iREX Robot Video Supercut (12 minutes; includes all of the following)
- Industrial & Manufacturing Robots Part #1 (see also: Yaskawa; Industrial Robots)
- Industrial & Manufacturing Robots Part #2
- Research, 3D-Printed, and Toy Robots (see also: Kirobo)
- Ritsumeikan University Walking Robot
- Assistive Robotics (see also: Assistive Robotics)
- Muscle Corporation Climbing Robot