The four-day International Robot Exhibition just wrapped up in Japan over the weekend, and the wild machines introduced in Tokyo, one of the world's biggest robot hubs, did not disappoint. The show attracted 450 companies and 5,000 non-robotic humans

RC Origami Cranes

RC Origami Cranes elanormal

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This remote-controlled origami crane weighs 31 grams (around .07 pounds) and was developed by Rohm Group, a Japanese electronics parts manufacturer. It's called the Lazurite Fly, and we wrote about it when it debuted at Tokyo's CEATEC emerging tech conference this fall. Its 3D-printed nylon body and carbon-tube frame make it extra light so it can soar weightlessly into the future

Toyota's Item-Fetching Helper Bot

Toyota's Item-Fetching Helper Bot elanormal

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Toyota has made no bones about wading deeper into the robot world, and the company debuted this latest little creation during the show last week. The Human Support Robot, or HSR for short, picks up after humans, fetches them stuff and ferries it to their bedside, and even opens curtains-all of these tasks are useful for bed-bound patients or the elderly.

Baby-Shaped, Long-Distance Communicators

Baby-Shaped, Long-Distance Communicators gizmodo

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This child-shaped, talking robotic head-and-torso looks ridiculously unnerving, but never fear, it's just a specialized communication concept. Called "Telenoid," it's supposed to "transfer" people's "presence"-meaning, it's like a soft vaguely human-shaped telephone. A faraway user speaks into an app and their voice is projected from the robot. Telenoid is designed by Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the most skilled robot makers in the world.

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