Until recently, if you went to a robotics conference, you would hear about technological innovations and commercial possibilities. While that was true at last month's RoboBusiness 2016 in San Jose, Calif., there was something else, something more.
It was easy to miss if you were not paying close attention.
Prototypes have become products. Possibilities have become profit models. Out of nowhere, advances in robotics have turned science fiction into hardcore reality that nobody can now escape.