iRobot's $69,500 telepresence bot features a 21-inch Cisco Telepresence EX60 touchscreen and camera for enterprise videoconferencing. The 5-foot Ava 500 rolls around autonomously thanks to LIDAR, 3D imaging, and sonar gear.
At $499 and up, Parrot's BeBop is pricier than its AR.Drone, but it's more capable and autonomous. The BeBop features a dual-core SoC, a 14-megapixel, HD fisheye camera, and a WiFi-extending remote with Oculus Rift support.
Bluefin Robotics' 16-ft. autonomous mini-sub never found Malayasia Flight 370, but it's busy doing surveillance, oceanography, and archaeology work around the world. The Bluefin-21 can dive 2.8 miles, and uses side-scan sonar to build high-res 3D maps.
Built by Aldeberan and sold for $1,930 by SoftBank, the humanoid Pepper is billed as the world's first emotional robot. The self-learning bot has an "emotional engine,” plus voice and visual recognition, and can analyze human expressions and voice tones.
Savioke's 3-foot, rolling hospitality bot is being tested at a California hotel, where it delivers towels and snacks. The SaviOne has a touchscreen and camera and can operate an elevator with a wireless signal.
MetraLabs' autonomous security guard has been imbued with Linux smarts by the University of Birmingham, and is being tested by security firm GS4. The Scitos A5 uses 3D cameras and scanners to build a map of its beat, and then notes any changes.
Like the Bluefin-21, Seabed Technologies' AUV is an autonomous yellow submarine designed to scour the seabed. The 2-meter long, twin-hulled SeaBED runs Ubuntu, and was recently used to research the thickness of Antarctic sea ice.
Pleiades' hackable Spiri runs Ubuntu and ROS on a dual-core i.MX6. Its three cameras include a 3D TOF range-finding cam. The autonomous, $945 quadcopter can follow a route or be programmed to hover or respond to stimuli.
Designed to work with humans, this industrial robot has a fast, 7 DoF arm with a dexterous gripper. Unbounded Robotics' $50,000 UBR-1 is more capable than last year's prototype, with more RAM and storage and a high-end laser scanner.