The CEO of iRobot, Colin Angle, is questioned about the future of robotics. I agree there has been too much gimmickry delivered. Yet even gimmickry delivers the possibilities to many people and makes them think about the future.
" ... There is no shortage of examples of how that approach has worked for iRobot. In addition to selling millions of Roomba vacuum cleaners, the company has deployed thousands of its PackBot robots to defuse roadside bombs in Iraq and search caves in Afghanistan.
Company engineers also jumped in with customised robots for searching underwater sea oil plumes after last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill and to do inspections after the partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant ... "