What makes Japan a leader in the Robot Revolution? It's their capacity for visualizing robot functions that go beyond simple mechanized, industrial machines.
Perhaps Japan's ability to envision contemporary robot applications has grown out of deep cultural roots. History shows that Karakuri - automated 'puppets' - were used as early as 1600s Japan to perform tasks such as serving tea, and performing tricks like dancing, shooting an arrow, performing somersaults and even walking a tightrope. The appeal of Karakuri and contemporary robots is the same: we wonder at the marvel of their mysterious, mechanized inner workings and benefit from their simple, if solely entertaining, functions.