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In Japan - and it's Japan Robot Week!

View RTW Oct - Dec 2014 on tdeits's travel map.

It took us a while to link up after arriving in Tokyo at three different times and 2 different airports. The Haneda airport appears to be a perfectly good alternative to Narita, so don't pass it up if the fare looks better (as it often does on Delta).. The best solution for staying connected in Japan appears to be portable wifi routers that give you unlimited data over the wifi on your phone. If you have a wifi calling app in place, you are good to go.

Reading the paper in the AM, I discovered that this was Japan Robot Week - which meant that there was a trade show/convention on and this was the last day. Itt appears that robots are the theme of this part of the trip! We preregistered online and got there in time to see lots of robot stuff. The trends were generally in three broad categories - new tech for sensing environments, assistive robotics for the elderly and their caregivers and friendly robots for therapy and to give people the warm fuzzies about their new robotic overlords - heh, heh.

Here's a picture of a young boy absolutely mesmerized by a small dancing robot.


The most fun critter at the show was the robot barista who runs a Keurig machine to make coffee according to your order.

After the show, we had some tasty seafood at a Mexican-themed place for dinner and then crashed.

Posted by tdeits 15:53 Archived in Japan

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