The Wheeme robot massager from DreamBots on display at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the manufacturer the massage robots unique sensor technology allows the WheeMe to automatically and silently steers itself over a person's back without falling off or losing its grip. As it moves, WheeMe's four small wheels and the rotor finger gently press and caress providing a massage sensation.
Attendees watch as the Robovie KT-X PC robot bust some dance moves at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Robovie, by Vstone Co. of Japan, can be ccontrolled with either a PC or handheld motor controller.
The Robovie-R ver.3 robot by Vstone Co. Ltd of Japan greets attendees at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Robovie-R3 can answer questions and guide humans to places, acting as an assistant to older and handicapped people.
Japanese electronics maker Murata Manufacturing demoed its Murata Girl unicycle robot for the first time in the U.S. at CES 2011.
Soft, inflatable arms like this one can manipulate objects weighing up to 500 grams (1.1 pounds) and assist with tasks like feeding, dressing, and transfers from bed to wheelchair.
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.
Innvo Labs has relaunched Pleo with a more robust thermoplastic skin and better interactive features.
Designed to resemble a baby Camarasaurus, Pleo now has a gender as well as a personality that evolves with owner interaction. Sensors in its head and neck make robo-cuddling quite relaxing.
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.
LG Electronics' Hom-Bot is one sexy machine. The VR5901KL model pictured here doesn't have the smart-home connectivity of the Smart Hom-Bot that LG unveiled, but it's too gorgeous too ignore.
Known as the RoboKing series in South Korea, the floor vacuum could sell for about $799 in the U.S., according to an LG official.
GM's all-electric EN-v concept car isn't a robot, but it sure looks the part. The compact two-seater, shown for the first time in the U.S., incorporates Segway-like balancing technology.
It also has networking capabilities so it can autonomously drive in groups at highway speeds. That's meant to alleviate massive road congestion in ultra-crowded cities of the future, according to GM.
This Modular Snake Robot from Carnegie Mellon University's Biorobotics Lab flew to Las Vegas for CES 2011 and got our skin crawling.
The mecha-serpent has been in development for several years, and so far it can climb trees and fit into tight spots where people and robots can't go. Best trick: climbing human legs.
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.