Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Foxconn begins selling noodle-making robot

Early in 2014 Foxconn invested $25 million in Fu Jiang Robot Technology, a Shenzhen robot maker which had a dough-slicing device that was beginning to sell.

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Posted on 02/28/15

Media is more excited about farm robots than exhibitors

The 48th annual World Ag Expo, with over 1,400 exhibitors, finished up in Tulare, California this week with little exposure to robotic game changers. Their Top 10 New Products included just one robotic entry.

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Posted on 02/13/15

Robotics research forecasts upward growth

A flurry of recent costly robotic analyses are offered by a variety of vendors. 10 are robotics-related - most show steady growth rates; a few project spectacular growth.

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Posted on 02/08/15

January fundings are off to a great start!

Rethink Robotics, Xenix, Rapyuta, Perceptron, Skydio, Sarcos and JIBO have all announced substantial fundings for a wide range of robotic ventures. Plus there are some new funders joining the fray.

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Posted on 01/30/15

A cruel waste of STEM talent


"Spare Parts" is a new movie showing grit, creativity, determination, and leadership in robotics through teamwork and individual success. The movie has a…

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Posted on 01/18/15

40% annual growth forecast for Chinese robotics

China’s Robotics Industry Association, said that the number of robots sold in China in 2014 would reach 50,000; up from 36,860 in 2013.

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Posted on 01/07/15

2014 robotics in a word: MORE

The list of top stories in robotics for 2014 is a story of "MORE": MORE uses of and for robots; MORE serious discussions about robots; MORE robots in unusual places; MORE news in the financial press; MORE funding, acquisitions and IPOs; and MORE choices.

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Posted on 12/17/14

25% of KUKA shares trade hands

Voith GmbH, among the biggest family-owned businesses in Europe, acquired 25% of robot maker Kuka AG by buying the shares held by Grenzebach GmbH.

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Posted on 12/07/14

2014 Robotic Gift List

The Robot Report released its 2014 Holiday Gift List, a wide-ranging list of 15 of the latest robotics-related products for kids and adults of all ages.

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Posted on 12/01/14

Over 70,000 robotic vacuum cleaners sold on a single day

Just last month Rod Brooks chided me that robotic vacuum cleaners were already mainstream in response to what I had written: that they had just recently moved from niche to mainstream partly because big consumer product companies were entering the market.

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Posted on 11/20/14

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3D Robotics gets $50M Series C funding

The $50 million Series C funding, mainly from Qualcomm, provides the basis for a tacit partnership between Qualcomm and 3D Robotics with a goal of leveraging the pace of innovation in the smartphone industry and extending it to the world of 3DR.

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Posted on 02/28/15

Proposed sUAS rules from FAA

​The US Federal Aviation Administration released their proposed rules for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for 60-day public review.

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Posted on 02/19/15

Seegrid reorganization plan okayed by judge

A bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Seegrid to exit from Chapter 11 by okaying the reorganization plan and rejecting challenges lodged by the ex-CEO.

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Posted on 02/12/15

Financial briefs: Recent transactions

New Chinese robotics investment fund; the RIA says 2014 North American robotics set new sales record; marine robotics company gets acquired. These stories and many more....

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Posted on 02/05/15

Clamor for Bay Area and Silicon Valley Talent

Silicon Valley and the whole San Francisco Bay area have such an abundant talent pool that global companies and startups alike are setting up research labs and offices there to secure engineering and programming expertise.

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Posted on 01/25/15

FAA issues waivers for real estate and agricultural UAVs

The FAA granted two exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace for real estate and agricultural crop scouting.

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Posted on 01/14/15

Rethink Robotics gets a $26.6 million Christmas gift

In an unannounced funding discovered by Boston Globe reporter Scott Kirsner, Rethink Robotics sold equity and received $26.6 million a few days before Christmas.

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Posted on 01/07/15

Pics. Pics. And more pics: Top 2014 Robot Pictures

This is the time when many suggest their list of top 2014 robotic pictures in various settings. Drones, humanoids, telepresence, home robots, vacuums, toys and robotic camel jockeys! Good recaps and terrific pics.

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Posted on 12/27/14

Food delivery drones planned for restaurant chain and airport lounge

Planned to be deployed at Singapore's Timbre Group 12-inch Pizza & Records restaurant in late 2015, these flying robotic waiters were recently presented to Singapore's Prime Minister at the launch of National Productivity Month.

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Posted on 12/09/14

Agricultural technology making news

My November 18th article Are Ag Robots Ready was our most widely read 2014 posting to date. Now there are two new in-depth articles on the subject by the NY Times and San Jose Mercury News. All are informative and worth your time to read.

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Posted on 12/01/14

February was another good month for robotic investments

February was another big month for investments in robotic startup companies. 3D Robotics, Flyability, Fetch Robotics, EHang and many others.

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Posted on 02/28/15

Pepper delayed until summer; top execs leave

Softbank announced a delay in sales of their Pepper robot from February until sometime during the summer. Aldebaran announced that CEO and Founder Bruno Maisonnier and Jean-Christophe Baillie have left Aldebaran as CEO and CSO respectively.

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Posted on 02/23/15

Fetch Robotics gets $3 million

Ex-Willow Garage and Unbounded Robotics veterans get $3 million to bring mobile manipulator and mobile platform to market.

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Posted on 02/09/15

Pick a place and learn about robotics

30+ robotics-related events dot the global map and offer you a range of interesting robotic conferences and trade shows. Pick a place and learn.

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Posted on 01/31/15

$87 million in European robotic projects funded

The EU, under Horizon 2020, the mechanism the European Commission is using to stimulate robotics-related research, has co-funded 17 new robotics-related projects.

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Posted on 01/19/15

SoftBank/Aldebaran Pepper robots go on sale in February

IEEE/Spectrum Senior Editor Erico Guizzo describes in a recent post (and two videos) how Aldebaran's two-year Pepper project is coming to fruition. 

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Posted on 01/13/15

2014 fundings, IPOs, acquisitions, and failures

From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 45 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures.

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Posted on 01/02/15

10.1% CAGR projected for material handling robots through 2020

Robots for palletizing, packaging, and speciality materials handling (e.g.: in life science labs and for pharma, food and beverage, semiconductor and electronics) are projected to grow at a 10.1% CAGR and reach $31.3 billion by 2020.

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Posted on 12/15/14

Christmas is orange at Amazon

15,000+ bright orange Kiva robots are operating across the US and at 10 Amazon fulfillment distribution centers this holiday season.

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Posted on 12/02/14

Ozobot, Knightscope, Hibot and Airware all get funded

Four interesting funding announcements: Ozobot got $2 million; HiBot got $3.1; Knightscope got $3.7 and Airware got an undisclosed amount but from a substantial partner: GE Ventures.

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Posted on 11/28/14