Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo Announce RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition; International Technical Design and Development Event for the Personal, Service and Mobile Robotics Industry To Be Held in Heart of Silicon Valley

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 8, 2006 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced the launch of the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, an international technical design and development event for the personal, service and mobile robotics industry ( ). The conference and exposition will be held December 12-13, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California.

According to Dan Kara, conference chairman and President of Robotics Trends, "Today we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of RoboDevelopment, an international, multifaceted educational forum and exposition for designers and developers of robots and robotic systems. The development of robotic technology requires the mastery of multiple disciplines – software development, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. Embedded and real-time constraints, along with integration issues, compound the difficulty of building such systems. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition will provide technical professionals with the specialized information they need to build the next generation of advanced robotics systems, as well as offer solution providers serving the robotics market an unprecedented and unique, sales, branding and business development opportunity."

"The personal, service and mobile robotics market is in a growth phase similar to that of the early days of the PC industry," notes David Korse, President of IDG World Expo. "Much like the PC industry, for the robotics market to reach its full potential, technical issues related to the design and development of robotics systems must be addressed. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition provides this young industry with the ideal forum for robotics technical professionals to learn from industry leaders, exchange information with their peers and evaluate the latest tools and techniques for building robotics products and technologies. With the RoboDevelopment event, IDG World Expo continues its long history building nascent technology markets through the production of high quality events."

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 International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at .