SmartPlanet Features Xconomy’s Future of Robotics Event [Video]

“The tiniest bit of bot news will attract a swarm of journos,” comments SmartPlanet chief correspondent Sumi Das. And she’s right: our May 3 forum on the Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley and Beyond brought in one of the biggest contingents of reporters ever to attend an Xconomy event. Das herself came away with one of the best reports we’ve seen—and we’re embedding the 3-minute video below for your viewing pleasure.

Sumi Das

SmartPlanet is a CNET/CBS Interactive site dedicated to news about technologies that could improve the environment and living conditions around the world. Das’s report from the robotics event appeared May 10 and highlights several of the organizations featured at the forum, including SRI International and its bomb-defusing robot Taurus, Liquid Robotics and its sea-going Wave Glider robot, Kiva Systems and its warehouse automation robots, and Google, sponsor of the Google Lunar X Prize competition to land private robotic craft on the Moon.

Separately, Das published a video report on Grabit, an SRI spinoff company that hopes to revolutionize robot arms and grippers.

Here’s the main video. (Flash-only—sorry, iOS users.)

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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