UGOBE CEO and Founder Bob Christopher to Speak at RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition

NORTHBOROUGH, MA & FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 29, 2006 – Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo today announced that Bob Christopher, CEO, Chairman and Founder of UGOBE, Inc. will deliver a session in the Consumer Robotics track at the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, the international business development event for mobile robotics and intelligent systems. The conference and exposition will be held at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA on June 20-21, 2006. The event website is

According to Dan Kara, conference chairman and President of Robotics Trends, "In the past, the majority of robots were used in a manufacturing capacity. While the industrial and service robotics markets are sizable and growing, they will soon be dwarfed by the fastest growing of all robotics markets – Consumer Robotics. We are delighted to have Bob Christopher speak at the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition. UGOBE, and its groundbreaking Pleo Designer Life Form product, represent the cutting edge of the consumer robotics, a multibillion dollar industry poised for dramatic growth."

According to Bob Christopher, CEO, Chairman and of Founder, UGOBE, Inc., "The RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition is the world's leading event focused on the commercial application of mobile robots and intelligent systems to develop entirely new products and markets. As such it represents a great opportunity for UGOBE to educate the RoboBusiness attendees – business, technical, academic and investment professionals from around the world – about interactive, organic robotic products and UGOBE's role in the exciting new consumer robotics market."

RoboBusiness sponsors include Founding Sponsor iRobot and Premiere Sponsors Innova Holdings and the Technology Collaborative, along with corporate co-sponsors Advanced Digital Logic, American Robot, Applied Perception, Automatika, Autonomous Solutions, CoroWare, Evolution Robotics, Foster-Miller, Japan External Trade Association (JETRO) and City of Osaka, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, MobileRobots Inc., Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, RE2, ROBOTIS, Segway, ShopBot Tools, Skeyes Unlimited, Systronix, Valde Systems and Yost Engineering. RoboBusiness academic, association and media co-sponsors include Premier Media Co-Sponsor Popular Science, along with Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon University Robot Hall of Fame, Robotics Society of America, Circuit Cellar, Defense Today, Entertainment Engineering, Robot Magazine, Industrial Robot Journal, Informa Alliance, IT Toolbox, Nuts & Volts, Linux Journal, Machine Brain, Network World, Innovation Works, Mass Technology Leadership Council, MDG Boston Forum, RC Driver, Robotics World, Object Management Group, Global Emerging Technology Institute, Vision Systems Design, and Servo Magazine.

About Robotics Trends

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

— Robotics Trends Publishing, which produces, is an online news and information 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 produces the RoboNexus Conference and Exposition ( and the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition (

— Robotics Trends Analyst Services serves 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.