February 27, 2012      

Trevor Blackwell has no problem remembering the first robot he saw. ?Star Wars came out when I was 7, so that was pretty influential to a technology-minded 7-year-old,? he says. ?I thought, ?Wow, these things need to exist?lots of these robots would be really useful for cleaning my room, going to school for me.?" Blackwell, who in 2001 founded Anybots Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., telepresence robotics developer, is one of many industry executives and designers who can trace the roots of his ca...

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