RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition to Be Sponsored by Microsoft

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 30, 2006 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that Microsoft has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the event's Founding Sponsor. Microsoft will deliver a keynote session outlining its perspective of the robotics market and will host a 1/2 day technical seminar for commercial and academic robotic developers. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition ( ) will be held December 12-13, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California.

"We are delighted that Microsoft has joined the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the event's Founding Sponsor, said Dan Kara, conference co-chairman and President of Robotics Trends. "With the release of the Microsoft Robotics Studio, and now with their support for the RoboDevelopment event, Microsoft has demonstrated their commitment to provide solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of building robots and robotic technology."

"For the robotics market to reach its full potential, developing applications must be easier and accessible to a wider audience, and encourage greater reuse, choice, and synergies among the community," said Tandy Trower, general manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group at Microsoft Corp. "The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition provides robotics technical professionals with the ideal forum to learn from industry leaders, exchange information with their peers, and evaluate the latest tools and techniques for building robotics products and technologies."

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 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 , 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 ( ) and the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition ( ); and

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

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(TM), Health-IT World Conference + Expo(TM), COMNET(R) Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global Series(TM), Portable Power Conference & Expo(TM) and Wireless Sensing Solutions(TM). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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