Robot Magazine to Launch November 1– Publication Will Explore Emerging World of Hobby and Consumer Robotics

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"Robot will make the exciting world of robotics more accessible than ever to established robot hobbyists, entry-level enthusiasts and mainstream consumers who are curious about the latest developments on the new frontiers in robotics," says Tom Atwood, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. “Not only is the current explosion of accessible robotic technology ramping up the fun factor for dyed-in-the-wool hobbyists, these new technologies are enhancing all of our lives in unforeseen and exciting ways."

Maplegate Media Group, a leading publisher of radio control hobby titles, announces the launch of Robot magazine. The quarterly consumer publication, scheduled to debut on newsstands November 1, will apply Maplegate’s accessible, entertaining and informative editorial approach to the rapidly evolving world of hobby and consumer robotics. Maplegate Media Group currently publishes the popular monthly radio control hobby titles, Fly RC and RC Driver.

“Robot will make the exciting world of robotics more accessible than ever to established robot hobbyists, entry-level enthusiasts and mainstream consumers who are curious about the latest developments on the new frontiers in robotics,” says Tom Atwood, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. “Not only is the current explosion of accessible robotic technology ramping up the fun factor for dyed-in-the-wool hobbyists, these new technologies are enhancing all of our lives in unforeseen and exciting ways.

“Robot will provide a vision of a future that has already arrived--reporting the latest news in a field where the pace of advancement is rapidly increasing. In Robot, you will find up-to-date, detailed reviews and reporting on the proliferating supply of kits and accessories that enable enthusiasts to build robots on their own as well as detailed coverage of the latest ready-to-run robots. Updates on robots used in exploration, rescue, research, Hollywood and in consumer products of all types will also be important features. Finally, Robot will tell you who is winning and how in the expanding world of academic robot competitions.

“We are confident that Maplegate Media’s proven approach to providing helpful information to hobbyists and technology enthusiasts will strongly benefit this growing audience,” Atwood adds. “We look forward to translating the enthusiasm of our editors and readers into a magazine that is both educational and thought provoking, paving the way toward a wider enjoyment of robotics.”

“We are pleased to announce that our editorial board will include Brian Nave, co-host of “Robot Rivals” on the DIY network and senior industrial robotics design engineer at Contemporary Machinery, Jamie Hyneman, CEO of M5 Industries and co-host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters;” animatronics engineer, Grant Imahara, and Jonathan T. Klein, Director of Robotics R&D, Vecna Technologies, Inc.

Robot will be published on a quarterly schedule beginning with the Winter 2006 issue due on newsstands November 1.

Editorial offices for Maplegate Media Group are located in Ridgefield, CT. For additional information, please call 203-431-7787 or visit http://www.botmag.com.

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