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Japan's METI Robot Award 2008 winners announced

Laura June

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (or METI) in Japan has announced eight 'Robot Award 2008' winners from 65 applicants. Nabbing the prize for industrial robots were Denso Wave Inc. with their XR-G small assembly conveyance robot, which was released for commercial use in April, 2008 and is sold to automobile and electronics factories. Also awarded a prize was Yaskawa Electric Corp's Motoman-CDL3000D, an "LCD glass substrate handling robot" -- apparently the fastest and most precise one in the world. There were six other prize-winners, including an automatic page-turning robot called Book Time and one that transplants rice. Also in attendance but walking home empty-handed was a robot that does nothing but sleep, as well as one which responds "you look great in that!" every time you ask for feedback about your outfit.

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