The industrial bot represents larger plans by its creators to revolutionize the workplace

During Japan Robot Week earlier this month, a number of robotic wonders were unveiled, including a ping pong-playing machine (programmed, politely, to lose every so often). At the Kawada Industries Inc. booth, plenty of visitors got pick-me-ups, as a robotic barista was serving up coffees on demand.

Nextage is Kawada Industries’ “next-generation industrial robot,” and has been put to work assembling electronic components in manufacturing firms since its debut in 2011, the Japan Times reported. With their Nextage demonstration at the event, the company hoped to show that their robots can be useful outside of factory floors and can interact well with humans, a spokeswoman said. As the company’s website explains,

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