Trade shows can be exhausting. Israeli company DreamBots was offering weary CES-goers massages with WheeMe, a rolling robo-masseur that fits in the palm of your hand.
The robot cruises around on your back on studded wheels, creating a light, tingling sensation; sensors prevent it from falling off. Retailing for $69, WheeMe is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Japanese electronics maker Murata Manufacturing demoed its Murata Girl unicycle robot for the first time in the U.S. at CES 2011.
The all-white acrobat consistently drew crowds with its balance-beam act.
Basically a showpiece for Murata's electronics prowess, the unicyclist can move forward or backward at 2 inches per second and negotiate a straight or curved balance beam. Like its cousin Murata Boy, it uses two gyro sensors and a flywheel to maintain its balance.
iRobot CEO Colin Angle introduces the AVA, a tablet-controlled robot with telepresence functions. The AVA is a self-navigating,
droid that can map out environments, project your presence into remote
locations, and turn virtually any app into a mobile platform.
An interesting new robot this year was iRobot's Scooba 230 floor-scrubber. At 6.5 inches across, it's billed as the most compact robot of its kind, and is designed to get into those tight spots around toilets. It will sell for $299.99.
iRobot also updated its popular Roomba series of robot vacuum cleaners (see demo here). According to the company, the latest Roombas are 20 percent better at picking up fine dirt and
have improved ability to suck trapped hair and debris from their brushes.
Neato Robotics showed off its XV-11 vacuum bot after launching it last year. The company says its $399 droid has a more powerful vacuum than Roomba. It has a rotating laser scanner that maps rooms while working, minimizing cleaning time.