March 31, 2010      

Anybots Inc. was founded in 2001 by Trevor Blackwell, using personal funds resulting from the sale of ViaWeb, a web-based authoring tool for building online stores, to Yahoo (ViaWeb became Yahoo! Store). In January 2009, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Anybots made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show with the launch of a beautifully designed, remote-controlled mobile telepresence robot called QA.

Anybots developed QA to act as an "avatar" that can physically and gracefully interact with i...

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