Rarely does a field at the theoretical end stand up, gather its belongings and move wholesale across the field, all the way across the boundary, until it has reached the practically opposite extreme. But soon, robotics will do just this.
Never discount the importance of a great demo. Great demos can establish stakeholder buy-in, secure more resources, and ensure the longevity and success of a project; therefore it is critical to deliver a great and impactful one.
The 110th Annual Toy Fair was recently held in New York City. It was filled with many familiar toys from my childhood as well as a host of innovative items that one could not have imagined 10 or 20 years ago.