The World Robot Conference 2019 (WRC 2019) themed “Intelligent Ecosystem for a New Open Era” or “Creating Intelligent Momentum for a New Era of Openness and Shared Benefits”, kicked off on Tuesday (August 20, 2019) in Beijing and will end Sunday (August 25, 2019). World’s Robotic Conference showcases robots that can swim, fly, conduct surgery. It is composed of the following three events:

  1. The World Forum on Robot 2019,
  2. The World Robot Exhibition 2019
  3. The World Robot Contest 2019

The WRC 2019 aims at promoting scientific and technological progress under the new industrial development trends in the world. It will be a good opportunity for participants to network with the international robotic community, to take advantage of international resources, to attract innovation resources, to use the platform for further international cooperation in the field of robotics and constructing long-term cooperation mechanism.

Check out the below video for the glimpse of WRC 2019, China.

Over 700 robots specialising in more than 21 industrial applications are being showcased and the event is being attended by about 200 experts from 22 countries of the world.

More than 280,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, with more than 166 enterprises from home and abroad showing their latest achievements, application products and solutions in the field of robotics, according to the event’s official website.

In the exhibition area covering 52,000 square meters, various kinds of robots, including industrial robots, service robots, special-purpose robots and intelligent logistic robots, are displayed.

Through four years of accumulation, the WRC has evolved into an annual idea exchange and a global trendsetter in robotic policy making, technical research, product development, market expansion, industry-finance integration, and talent fostering.

Let’s take a look at the bionic robots catching the visitor’s eye at the event.

A biomimetic robot fish attracts a child’s attention at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

A quadruped robot draws a crowd at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

SmartBird: Created by German firm Festo, the ultralight flying drone was inspired by the herring gull. With a wingspan of two meters, the flight model can take off, fly and land using its own wings and just 23 watts of power – half the power used by some laptops.

A biomimetic robot bird flies at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/IC]




A pair of robot arms plays the piano at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

Robotic arm: The UR5 is a flexible, collaborative robot arm “built with the future in mind” by Universal Robots. Keen to show off their creation’s versatility, engineers showcased the bot stacking paper cups, moving objects and even demonstrating a brain surgery technique.

A novel patrol and security robot, a dog-like robot that can perform tasks in complex and harsh environments, intelligent searching and environment perception robotic systems.

These robots shown at the ongoing 2019 World Robot Conference have one thing in common: they have benefited from China’s space technology. They were developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), one of the country’s key developers of carrier rockets.

A staff member shows how a manipulator works at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

A demonstration of a robotic arm being used for brain surgery. Photo: AFP

An intelligent quadruped robot dog demonstrates its ability as a rescue worker at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/IC]

Aquajelly 2.0: The robotic jellyfish is designed to move exactly like its biological inspiration and to glide effortlessly through the water. Its makers say that thanks to its integrated communication and sensor technologies, the bots can behave as a coordinated collective of jellyfish.

A visitor looks at a robotic jellyfish swimming in a water tank at Festo’s booth at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

A humanoid robot called Walker, developed by Ubtech, is displayed at the World Robot Conference held in Beijing, Aug 20, 2019. [Photo/VCG]



Calligraphy by a robotic arm. Photo: AFP

A robot displayed at the 2019 World Robot Conference. Photo: AFP

A robotic dog grabs the baby’s attention at the conference. Photo: VCG

A robot for commercial use is seen during the 2019 World Robot Conference.

A humanoid robot holds the tray. Photo: VCG

Intelligent service robot: Named XR-1, the cute commercial humanoid service robot is powered by a “constantly evolving cloud brain.” It can perform tasks like picking up objects, opening doors or even threading a needle, “making it perfect as a concierge, receptionist, business guide, or VIP service staff under different scenario,” according to its creator CloudMinds.

An engineer sets up a CloudMinds robot ahead of its presentation. Photo: Reuters

An intelligent service robot displayed at the World Robot Conference. Photo: Reuters

Food delivery by robots. Photo: AFP

Photo taken on Aug. 20, 2019 shows 5G unmanned delivery vehicles of JD Logistics during the 2019 World Robot Conference in Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China.

A poster shows the different service robots paticipants might see at the World Robot Conference. Photo: Reuters

A man tests a medical rehabilitation glove. Photo: Reuters