Around the world, research and development of service robots continues at a rapid pace. The relentless progress of Moore’s law is bringing us ever closer to the day when a wide range of robots will drive us to our destinations, perform a wide range of household tasks and monitor our well being. While much of the fundamental research is occurring in the United States and the EU, Japan is leading the way in terms of real world applications. Where does this technology stand? What are the implications — and how can you profit? We’ll explain.