You can find “Robot Shop Technologia” by following the railway tracks that lead away from JR Akihabara station towards Suehiro-cho. There are many customers who come to rely on Mr. Arai’s wealth of knowledge, as well as a wide array of customers, from beginners to veterans. If you’re into robots you may lose track of time just talking about them.
Once you step inside there’s a large robot display just off to your right side. During interviews there’s also a Hello Kitty robot in the display, which is a big hit overseas. If you stand in front of it the robot will talk with you, but it only supports Japanese conversation.
“This is great for people are just getting started with robots,” says Mr. Arai as he explains “LEGO Education”. “You can create a program that makes the robot operate and build the blocks.” Currently, their newest version “Education We Do 2.0” is open for registration, and a basic set costs about ¥24,000 before tax.
This is the “Robotist” series from “ArTec Block” ( Artec co.ltd), another block-building product. “ArTec Blocks” can be put together standing upwards, sideways, or at angle to create a robot. You can use the connecter pieces to build blocks around the “Studuino” circuit board and freestyle your own robot design. A basic kit is about ¥25,000 before tax.
There are beginner-level construction kits from Tamiya and Elekit as well.
Of course, there are plenty of serious robots lined up, too. Starting with KHR-3HV, the newest model in the KHR series from popular robot maker “KONDO”, there’s also the previous KHR-1HV model, and the prior generation KHR-2HV in the window showcase display. You can see the steady progression of these robots’ history.
Here’s a drone, the new hit item in the robot world. The small-sized toy drones don’t have any flying restrictions so you can enjoy flying them around a wide space. The medium to larger size models are regulated so need to notify the country and obtain a proper flying license.
There’s a big lineup of electronic parts that you’ll need to customize or build your robot creations. Among these, you’ll also find plenty of custom parts to use for the popular “KONDO”, two-legged walking robot brand.
Mr. Arai has a long history of working with robots, so all of his experience and knowledge makes the store a great place to learn. “It’s privately owned so I can manage it in my own way,” said Mr. Arai, whose easy-going nature is an important part of the atmosphere. Soon it will be moving inside of Akihabara, so there we’ll be back with an update once the move is settled.
- NAME：Robot Shop Technologia
- ADDRESS：Applause Akihabara Bldg. 1F, 4-12-9, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
- HOURS OF OPERATION：(MON-FRI)From 11:00AM to 7:00PM, (SAT)From 10:30AM to 7:00PM, (SUN,Holiday)From 10:30AM to 6:30PM