Object Management Group Joins RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as Premier Association Co-Sponsor; International Standards Body Joins Technical Design and Development Event for Building Commercial Robotic Systems

UPTON and FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that the Object Management Group has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the Premier Association Co-Sponsor. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition ( www.robodevelopment.com ) will be held December 12-13, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California.

"I am delighted that the Object Management Group has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the event's Premier Association Co-Sponsor," said Dan Kara, conference co-chairman and President of Robotics Trends. "The dearth of standards in the robotics field could limit the potential of this exciting new market. The OMG is leading international efforts to bolster the development of robotics systems through the adoption of open standards."

Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group notes, "The OMG believes that the robotics industry is poised for tremendous growth. Like other technological revolutions, that growth will be led by technical professionals, who will design and develop a new generation of robotics products and technology. This is also the target audience of the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition. The Object Management Group looks forward to meeting with roboticists and other technical professionals, and working with them to deploy standards that will speed the development, as well as increase the robustness, of their robotics designs."

About the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition

Robotics Trends' RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition is a multifaceted educational forum and trade show dedicated to addressing the technical issues involved with the design and development of commercial robotic products. The RoboDevelopment exposition hall provides attendees with hands on access to the latest design and development solutions for producing mobile robotics and intelligent systems technology, while the RoboDevelopment keynotes and general sessions are specifically designed to impart to technical professionals the information they need to develop the next generation of personal, service and mobile robots. Tracks in the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition include:

— Design, Development and Standards,

— Tools and Platforms, and

— Enabling Technology.

About the Object Management Group

OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and an even wider range of industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.

OMG's modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language(TM) (UML(R)) and Model Driven Architecture(R) (MDA(R)), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG's middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA(R)) and support a wide variety of industries.

More information about OMG can be found at www.omg.org . OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA.

About Robotics Trends, Inc.

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

— Robotics Trends Publishing, which produces www.roboticstrends.com , an online news, information and analysis portal focused on business and technology trends for people who build, buy, invest in, and seek to understand the personal, service, mobile and military robotics market;

— Robotics Trends Events, which produces the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition ( www.robobusiness2006.com ) and the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition ( www.robonexus.com ); and

— Robotics Trends Analyst Services serving the strategic consulting needs of leading emerging robotics manufacturers.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) 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), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit, Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM), GridWorld(TM), Syndicate(TM), SaaScon(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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