Robo-doc, dancing droids lead CES 2013 robot pack (pictures)
They'll help you get healthier, clean your floors, and entertain you. Robots take a step or two toward ubiquity at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Dr. Robot will see you now
At CES 2013, robots ranging from cleaning droids to dancing bots to bedside medical advisers swarmed the Las Vegas Convention Center. One of the more newsworthy machines is RP-VITA, a 5-foot-tall iPad-operated robot developed by iRobot and InTouch Health. Designed to allow remote doctors to communicate with patients through the display, RP-VITA is the first navigating communications medical robot to receive FDA approval.
Orbotix showed off some new AR apps for its tablet-controlled robot ball Sphero. In addition to a zombie game called Rolling Dead, there's a Nyan Cat game in which Sphero turns into the beloved animated Pop-Tart feline on your screen.
When Vietnamese toymaker Tosy's mRobo was first shown off at last year's CES, introduced by none other than Justin Bieber, its song-and-dance routine was underwhelming.
Tosy went back to work on the entertainer droid, giving it more actuators, moves by choreographer Derek Hough, and a tune to dance to -- something called "Gangnam Style," which you've probably never heard of.
Innvo Labs, which is behind the dinosaur robot Pleo, is working on prototype robot pets called Cuddlepanions. Designed to comfort seniors with lifelike sounds and motion, they've got skin sensors and a palpable heartbeat.
WowWee's RoboSapien turns 10 this year. The venerable toy has a new smartphone control for iOS and Android -- a phone dongle that converts sound to infrared commands and replaces the traditional bulky remote control. Then it's ready to rock.