Yesterday, I received an announcement about a new humanoid robot company called Pal Robotics who make the REEM robot. The robot itself seems similar to several others that are beginning to show up in various start-up companies, such as the Nao robot from Aldebaran Robotics – which has been adopted for the RoboCup Standard Platform League. However, I was somewhat surprised by the location of this new company – in the United Arab Emirates. It is great to see this kind of diversity. Robot companies are being set up by everyone from former Google employees (Willow Garage) to people in Europe (Aldebaran) and now the middle east. With this kind of diversity, if even some of the attempts succeed, it would be a great thing for the field as a whole… exciting times indeed!