iRobot and Innova Holdings Sponsor RoboNexus 2005

NORTHBORO, MA and FRAMINGHAM, MA – June 2, 2005 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that iRobot and Innova Holdings have secured Founding and Premier co-sponsorships at RoboNexus 2005 Conference and Exposition, the international consumer, educational and business development event for personal, service and mobile robotics ( The conference and exposition will be held at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA on October 6-9, 2005.

According to Dan Kara, conference chairman and President of Robotics Trends, "We are proud to have iRobot as a Founding Sponsor and Innova Holdings as Premier Sponsor of RoboNexus. The rapidity by which leading companies and media channels within the robotics industry are sponsoring RoboNexus reflects on the success of the RoboNexus 2004 event and the high expectations for RoboNexus 2005, the largest robotics event in North America."

"RoboNexus is an excellent venue for the robotics community to interact with business leaders, investors and consumers," said Colin Angle, co-founder and CEO, iRobot. "As a leader in commercial robots, iRobot is happy to help promote the emerging market and showcase how real-world robots are impacting the industry and people."

Walter Weisel, Chairman and CEO of Innova Holdings notes, "Innova Holdings is delighted to support RoboNexus as a Premier Sponsor. Innova Holdings provides software solutions to multiple business segments – the personal, service and industrial robotics markets. The RoboNexus approach of combining a large, shared exposition floor with five content-rich conferences, will attract thousands of general attendees and media representatives, as well as large numbers of targeted buyers drawn by the high quality and focused content of the RoboNexus conferences. The result is an unparalleled branding, marketing and sales opportunity for virtually all of our target markets."

Joining iRobot and Innova Holdings as corporate co-sponsors are Gold Sponsors HITEC RCD USA and the Technology Collaborative, along with Evolution Robotics, Electronic School Supply, Fred Barton Productions, LEGO Education, Machine Bus, OLogic, Openware Robotics, Rogue Robotics, Shop Bot Tools and Systronix.

RoboNexus association and media co-sponsors include Premier Media Sponsor Popular Science, along with Battery Power Products & Technology, Circuit Cellar, eDrive, Entertainment Engineering, Industrial Utility Vehicle, Nuts & Volts, Popular Mechanics,, Servo Magazine, Vision Systems Design, the Global Emerging Technology Institute and the Object Management Group.

About Robotics Trends

Robotics Trends is the world's first integrated media firm serving the burgeoning personal, service and mobile robotics marketplace. Robotics Trends serves their clientele through three major business divisions:

— Publishing, which produces , which produces over 450,000 page views monthly;

— Events, which produces RoboBusiness and the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition; and

— Analyst Services, which serves the strategic consulting needs of robotics manufacturers, investors, business development groups and others.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

For more information on sponsorship, exhibiting and speaking opportunities contact Howard Weinman, VP of Sales and Business Development at or (508) 351-6606 x103.

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