The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) supports the creation of ventures by young researchers / College students in IOT and Robotics. This year Nine teams with product ideas on IoT and four teams on robotics were selected for 2017 government funding.
The idea of many connected devices helping better control the factory floor is not new. IoT in one sense is merely a shift to internet addressable devices versus those either addressed by proprietary means or just "dumb".
RoboDEX, a comprehensive trade show for robots, will be held at the center of robot/robotics industry, Tokyo, 2018. Covering from development technology of robots to application of robots, it attracts all the professionals involved in robot industry and professionals considering utilizing robots.