Massachusetts’ robot invasion

If the robots ever do rebel against their human masters, the trouble is likely to start somewhere in Massachusetts.

Without much fanfare, the Bay State has become a world leader in robotics. Many of these machines will be on display tomorrow at the Hynes Convention Center, as Boston hosts RoboBusiness 2007, a major robotics trade show.

Massachusetts is also a haven for biotech robotics. Caliper Life Sciences Inc. of Hopkinton is a leading maker of robotic equipment used by pharmaceutical firms for large-scale drug testing.

Joyce Plotkin , president of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, said that the state has 150 companies involved in some aspect of robotics. These companies employ about 1,500 people in the state, and generate about $250 million in revenue.

“We have health care robotics, marine, defense, consumer, industrial automation,” said Plotkin. “I don’t think other places have the diversity of robots that we have.”

The RoboBusiness show is expected to attract about 1,000 guests and 65 exhibitors from around the world.

Source:  Boston Globe

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