Dec 6 2008

MEIT Robot Award 2008

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been advancing efforts to develop technologies required for the commercialization of robots and to ensure their safety, with an eye to fostering the robot industry to become one of the leading industries in the world.

As part of such efforts, METI, together with co-organizers, presents “The Robot Award 2008” with the aim of promoting R&D and application of robotic technologies in the private sector, and promoting the creation of new markets for them. This award program was established in 2006.

From among the 65 entries submitted, eight robots were selected as First Prize-winners by the selection committee for their outstanding service this year and contribution to and potential for future market development.

Here are all winners:

Category: Service robots

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Omnibot17µ i-sobot from Takara Tomy

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“Booktime” from Nishizawa [JP], an automatic page turner

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Rice-transplanting robot from Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

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Robotics-based engineer training solution ZMP e-nuvo from ZMP

Category: Industrial robots

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Small assembly conveyance robot XR-G from Denso Wave

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10th generation LCD glass substrate processing robot MOTOMAN-CDL 3000D from Yaskawa Electric

Category: Other robots and parts

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Hose-shaped rescue robot from Tohoku University

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Ultra-small MEMS 3-axial touch sensor chip from the University of Tokyo and Panasonic

The METI will select winners of the Grand Prize and the Venture Award for SMEs from these robots and announce them December 18.