• Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? A woman sits in a VR Capsule, a virtual reality simulator, at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? A woman sits in a VR Capsule, a virtual reality simulator, at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
  • To be, or not to be. That is the question! A RoboThespian humanoid robot engages an audience at the Tami Intelligence Technology stall at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    To be, or not to be. That is the question! A RoboThespian humanoid robot engages an audience at the Tami Intelligence Technology stall at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
  • Walk this way, please. A woman is greeted by a Robot4U Technology Company exhibit at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    Walk this way, please. A woman is greeted by a Robot4U Technology Company exhibit at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
  • Remember, lads, we're going to play in a binary formation! People program NAO robots to prepare them for a robot soccer match at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    Remember, lads, we're going to play in a binary formation! People program NAO robots to prepare them for a robot soccer match at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
  • This won't hurt a bit. A robot of the Siasun Robot and Automation Corporation simulates the use of a medical instrument on a model of a human skeleton at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    This won't hurt a bit. A robot of the Siasun Robot and Automation Corporation simulates the use of a medical instrument on a model of a human skeleton at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
  • Is he with you? Visitors chat as they sit in a public transport simulator at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter
    Is he with you? Visitors chat as they sit in a public transport simulator at the World Robot Conference 2016 in Beijing, China. The conference runs from October 21 to 25. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Meet Mr Robot … and the rest of his family

Over 200 scientific research institutions show off their achievements at the World Robot Conference 2016

October 21, 2016 6:31 PM (UTC+8)

The World Robot Conference 2016 kicked off, literally, in Beijing on Friday with football matches between teams of NAO humanoid robots.

Over 200 scientific research institutions and enterprises from all over the world, including Germany, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Canada, France and Israel will be displaying their robotic achievements at the conference site until October 25.’

As well as the football tournament, there will also take part in a self-driving car challenge contest, a world unmanned aerial vehicle challenge and an international water robot contest.

Two of China’s sporting superstars, retired basketball player Yao Ming and former three-time world table tennis champion Wang Liqin are VIP guests at the event.

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