Inside iRobot's Vault of Failed Experimental Robots
Great article. The video is worth watching:
I cannot see a cat riding any of these prototypes.
Which would be a shame.
I love Roomba Cat!!
Nice to see Kismet and Pleo clone again! Many interesting robots do not cross the chasm from research to product. Becoming a product is very difficult.
(historically) The six legged crab bot looks like a later version of Colin Angle's famous 'Genghis' which is now in the Smithsonian.
The six legged crab robot is a little too creepy looking to be a mainstream product.
It's no wonder most robots don't become products. Consumer sentiment is tricky.