World Robot Conference 2023 kicks off in Beijing with some 50 new releases

Jiemian, a business news outlet, reckoned that the number of new releases from Chinese tech companies this year is up by 40% over last year.

The 2023 World Robot Conference opened today in Beijing, showcasing some 600 exhibits from 140 robotic companies from home and abroad.

Among them over 50 items on display are new releases, which are the most numerous in the history of the annual event.

This year’s conference, which runs from August 16 to 22, features a series of forums, panel discussions, exhibitions and robot competitions.

Among the products that made their debut in the exhibition hall, several have grabbed the bulk of attention.

For instance, Shurui (术锐), a surgical robot developer, has drawn many visitors thanks to its single-incision laparoscopic surgical system.

Shurui’s innovation has been likened to the world-famous da Vinci surgical platform from Intuitive Surgical.

As China’s construction sector increasingly becomes digitalized, the use of robots to automate workflows has become a trendy practice.

A wall paint-straying robot from Dafang (大方智能), a Shenzhen-based high-tech firm, shows people how it can replace human laborers in performing the dreary work and spur the transition of a centuries-old industry.

With general-purpose robotics now moving to the front of popular awareness, it’s no surprise that several new quadrupeds and bipeds have been a sight to behold at the exhibition.

The newly unveiled Go2 robot dog from Hangzhou-headquartered Unitree (宇树科技) and a humanoid developed by researchers from Zhejiang University are among some of the most popular exhibits.

Jiemian, a business news outlet, reckoned that the number of new releases from Chinese tech companies this year is up by 40% over last year.

Bionic robots and devices prove to be a magnet this year, as humanoids from firms like Dreametech (追觅科技) and bionic swallow or robot cat have attracted hordes of curious onlookers.

Compared to last year, the conference’s international profile has also improved somewhat.

Around 20 global companies with robot businesses, ranging from ABB and Kuka, to Festo and Hyundai, have also displayed their technologies at the show.

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Ni Tao

Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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