Robot Exhibits Grow Markedly at CES 2015

The Jetsons probably had no idea how soon the average American would see robots become a reality. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, a number of devices showed the futuristic concept is here and now. Robotics exhibits at CES grew 25 percent from last year's show, according to the event's organizers.

"It speaks to the category's growth and ability to disrupt and transform the consumer technology industry," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of CES and corporate business strategy. "Robots are changing the way consumers learn, do business, monitor their health, and maintain their households as they are capable of doing things that humans can't, or simply don't want to do."

Before the dust settles, let's take a look at some of the robots-related announcements that happened at and during the show.

Diverse Robotics Exhibitors

That tiny dancer in the aisles of CES this year was named Ozobot, the world's smallest programmable robot with a color-based language. Bridging the physical and digital divide, the smart game piece glides seamlessly from paper to digital tablet. The company is convinced that playing with this robot will introduce kids and young adults to simple coding basics, stimulate their imaginations and encourage life skills.

Other major exhibitors at the CES Robotics Marketplace included ABB, Double Robotics Inc., Lowe's Innovation Labs and Future Robot Co. Furio-iHome also made a big splash at CES. A wheel-mounted smart tablet can take voice commands and connects home networks and devices. Personal robots like Jibo and Pepper also turned heads. Jibo focuses on managing a connected home network and interacts with its owners. Pepper is a white robot that's about the size of a 7-year-old that moves about your home as a friendly companion.

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