Our double-bill of robotics this year kicks off as we welcome guests Robot Garage. As technology develops, robotic capabilities are growing ever more impressive, and some predict that the day when robots may be seen as carers, workers, and even companions is not too far away. Until that day comes however, we can enjoy watching robots capable of taking part in dance contests, kicking balls, and making eerily human facial expressions. This year sees Robot Garage’s Professor Takahashi introducing the amazing robot Hirata, brother unit of Kirobo, the communication robot on board the International Space Station!
From the Walkman to robots, Japanese technology has become synonymous with innovation and quality. The country that pioneered the electric toilet has also been responsible for some of the most popular entertainment systems of all time, and there are countless everyday tools we take for granted which originated in Japan.
This year, we’re on the cutting edge of Japanese culture with Opera AOI, where traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets are given voices by Yamaha’s VOCALOID software in a modern retelling of a chapter of the famous “Genji Monogatari”! A film without actors, an opera without singers, this is Japanese technology and tradition in perfect fusion.
We’re very welcome to welcome our returning friends from ITK once more this summer. ITK develop incredibly complex robotic designs aimed primarily at the healthcare industry, take a look at the bionic future at HYPER JAPAN 2014!
*VOCALOID is a registered trademark of Yamaha Corporation.
*VOCALOID is singing synthesis software and a technology of Yamaha Corporation.