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Robots steal the show in Tokyo at Ceatec 2014 (pictures)

Ceatec is Japan's largest consumer electronics show, and always a good glimpse into the future. It's also a great place to see some crazy robots on display. Here are some of our favorites.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Welcome to Tokyo! Ceatec is Japan's biggest consumer electronics show, and a great glimpse at the future of consumer tech. It's also a great place to scope out some insane robots, like this giant dinosaur!

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Called TE Saurus, this robot is from TE Connectivity. The 'bot has little more brains than your average animatronic creation.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Instead of having a brain, TE Saurus relies on a smartphone app to control its movements, which include running, jumping and, of course, roaring.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

This menacing tripod is not invading from Mars. Instead it's here to play a friendly game of table tennis.

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Omron's table tennis bot is a demonstration to show what a more intelligent assembly line bot could do, making decisions based on human interactions.

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It even had a digital face, which didn't succeed in making it any less imposing.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

This is Bocco, a little 'bot intended for preschoolers. The idea is that mom or dad can send a message to Bocco that will play when the kids get home, and then kids can send a message back by pressing a button on Bocco's belly.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Bocco will be available in three colors early next year, hopefully for around $200 (£120/AU$225).

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Not a robot exactly, but too cool to not include, is Skeletonics. It's a 12-foot exoskeleton, perfect for your next cosplay convention.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Bionic hands have some sharp-looking, battery-powered claws.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Skeletonics is intended to be covered in whatever robotic exterior you choose. Yours for just $50,000.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Toshiba did away with a human receptionist and instead put this creepy-looking robot out front. She wasn't much help at anything beyond "konichiwa."

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

This is Rapiro, a little DIY robot kit that's powered by a Raspberry Pi module. Build him and paint him however you like, then have fun controlling his behavior.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Denso's Denou-sen robot is a master at playing shogi, or Japanese chess. It recognizes and moves pieces around using a robotic arm.

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Denou-sen has recently beaten some human masters at the game of shogi.

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OriHime is a telepresence robot, with cameras for eyes and speakers for a mouth. This one has been outfitted with a custom face made to look like, what else, his creator.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Chapit has been around for a few years, but he's still on the expo circuit. The chill little guy can handle some home automation tasks -- air conditioning, lighting -- and automatically make adjustments based on who it recognizes and simple voice commands.

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Robots at Ceatec 2014

Thank for reading, and may our future robotic overlords take kindly to you.

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