Robots that walk, talk, pour beer and play pingpong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again. Just don't expect to find one in your home any time soon. Most home robot ventures have failed, in part because they're so difficult and expensive to design to a level of intelligence that consumers will find useful, says Bilal Zuberi, a robotics-oriented venture capitalist at Lux Capital. But that doesn't keep companies from trying. 'Roboticists, I guess, will never give up their dream to build Rosie,' says Zuberi, referring to the humanoid maid from'The Jetsons.' AvatarMind has developed service robots like iPal which is based on artificial intelligence, motion control, sensors and power management.
Segway was founded by renowned inventor Dean Kamen in 1999, and by 2001, the first Segway Personal Transporter (PT) was introduced to the public. Over the next few years, Segway introduced updates to core products, including its first three-wheel personal transportation device, the SE-3 Patroller, for the public safety market in 2014. However, in 2015, Segway and Ninebot, Inc. formed a partnership, focusing on research and development, manufacturing, sales and service in the short-distance transportation industry. This led to the introduction of the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO, in December 2015. Learning to ride a Segway in Toronto's historic Distillery District.
One of the big trends at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was the ever noticeable presence of robots on the showroom floor. As a kid growing up, I always wanted my own Johnny 5 robot, but at the time the idea was too farfetched, given the limitations of technology in the late '80s. But with the recent advancements in modern robotics, a childhood dream is now a reality. This year, multiple companies from all over the world flocked to CES 2019 to showcase their small wonders to attendees. While I was at the show, I made it my mission to check out as many robots as I possibly could, and here's my list of the best of the best.