Saturday, October 25, 2014

Seegrid files for Chapter 11 protection

Seegrid filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week. The bankruptcy judge authorized Seegrid to borrow from its lender and biggest shareholder, Giant Eagle, so that it could continue operations.

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Posted on 10/24/14

Medrobotics, Monsieur and Arago all get funding

Venture funding is continuing to flow. Three recent recipients: $20 million to Medrobotics, $2 million to Monsieur and $55 million to Arago AG.

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Posted on 10/21/14

At RoboBusiness, start-up contest chooses 3 winners

At RoboBusiness this week in Boston, Pitchfire - a Shark Tank-like pitch and question session - presented 14 start-up companies who pitched their wares to 5 judges. 3 winners were chosen.

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Posted on 10/15/14

UCSD investing in robotics

At a one-day forum on the UCSD campus, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla did two unusual things: he spent most of the day at the Contextual Robotics Technologies Intl Forum, and he announced that UCSD would create five new faculty slots in robotics and plans to develop a world-class robotics cluster in the San Diego area.

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Posted on 10/13/14

Vision-enabled package handling

Capturing and processing camera and sensor data and recognizing various shapes to determine a set of robotic actions is conceptually easy. Humans do it naturally. But it is difficult for a machine.

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Posted on 09/27/14

Swiss startup shows syncronized quadrocopters in Cirque du Soleil videos

Two new quadrocopter videos point to a unique future for flying machines. New Swiss ETH spinoff Verity Studios, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, have produced two videos that entertain and enchant.

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Posted on 09/22/14

Latest robotic vacuum product launches change industry from niche to mainstream

Recent robotic vacuum cleaner product launches by Dyson and Samsung have transformed what has heretofore been a niche market of early adopters and robot enthusiasts into a marketplace of serious consumer products for home cleaning.

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Posted on 09/10/14

Korean Yujin Robot Launches Meal Transport Robot

Korean-based Yujin Robot continues to release thoughtful new products. They just announced a meal-transport robot designed to operate in eldercare and other hospitality and health care facilities.

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Posted on 09/01/14

The flixels are coming; the flixels are coming!

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Walt Disney Company filed for 3 patents involving flying entertainment robots, a growing segment in the emerging service robotics industry.

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Posted on 08/27/14

Inroads in perception

Google's recent acquisition of Emu Messenger is just one of many items in recent news about improvements in perception and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Posted on 08/21/14

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2014 Robotic Gift List

The Robot Report today 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 10/23/14

4 reports predict steady growth for robotics

Four recent research reports covering service robots, vision guided robotics, material handling robots, and robot component speed reducers, all predict steady growth, particularly in China.

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Posted on 10/15/14

Self-driving car test sites

Swarm communication and urban city driving are integral to the safe deployment of self-driving cars. Mercedes-Benz and a joint Michigan-based consortium are setting up secure test sites in California and Michigan to test their solutions.

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Posted on 10/08/14

DHL UAS Parcel Delivery Gets First Test

DHL launches first authorized autonomous delivery flights by "parcelcopter" to and from the North Sea island of Juist, 7.5 miles off the coast of Northern Germany.

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Posted on 09/24/14

Liquid Robotics Continues Its Growth-By-Partnering

Sunnyvale-based Liquid Robotics continues their growth by partnering formula by striking another collaboration, this time with Boeing.

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Posted on 09/23/14

Unbounded Robotics Closes Down

For confusing reasons, Unbounded Robotics has shut down. Their $35,000 UBR-1 single-armed mobile robot that was shown late last year with great fanfare is no longer offered for sale.

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Posted on 09/12/14

Rain on Google’s Self-driving Car Parade

Auto World News reminds us that Google's self-driving car can't navigate heavy rain or most roads and that there are still many challenges to solve.

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Posted on 09/01/14

Finally somebody debunks the Pew Research Center’s “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs” report

Kudos to Erik Sofge, Boston-based reporter for Popular Science Magazine. His recent story, "Sex Bots, Robo-Maids, and other Sci-Fi Myths of the Coming Robot Economy," cleverly pokes holes where they're most needed.

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Posted on 08/25/14

Automation is inevitable says CGP Grey in his new video

CGP Grey, a popular YouTube videographer, has released a new robotics-related video about the jobs issue: "Humans Need Not Apply" in which he shows why automation is inevitable. Over 2.3 million viewers have seen the video!

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Posted on 08/15/14

3D Robotics Acquires Sifteo

3D Robotics acquired Sifteo, the start-up which developed Sifteo Cubes and their associated game applications, for an undisclosed amount.

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Posted on 08/09/14

Google adding to UK DeepMind Acquisition

In January, 2014, Google acquired London-based DeepMind Technologies for $643 million. Now it is adding to that purchase with 2 more companies, 10 new hires and a substantial contribution to Oxford University.

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Posted on 10/24/14

KUKA acquires Swisslog for $357 million

Late last month KUKA made a public offer to Swisslog shareholders to purchase their shares at 8.9% above the market price. Swisslog’s Board of Directors have recommended that the offer be accepted.

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Posted on 10/18/14

RobotShop continues acquisition spree

RobotShop, one of Canada's fastest growing small companies, continues to expand and acquire. Its most recent acquisition is FlyingEinstein, a Florida-based manufacturer that designs and produces flight controllers for drones.

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Posted on 10/13/14

Safety Concerns for Collaborative Robots

At a daylong workshop on Collaborative Robots by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), two main themes were expressed: worker safety and almost universal expectation for rapid deployment of collaborative robots.

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Posted on 10/02/14

ReWalk IPO gets $36 million; Corindus gets $26.6; PrecisionHawk gets $10

ReWalk, the Israeli developer of exoskeletons, joins Ekso and Cyberdyne as publicly-traded companies on international stock exchanges. Their IPO sold 3 million shares at $12 per share. The stock then went on to $30!

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Posted on 09/23/14

Dyson launches new robotic vacuum cleaner

James Dyson announced his new 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner which goes on sale in Japan later this year for $1,250. It will then be available in the UK, Europe, China and Australia later in 2015.

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Posted on 09/04/14

Google’s Secret Drone Delivery Program

The Atlantic revealed the inside story of Google's two-year secret X-labs drone-delivery project in a detailed story by Alexis Madrigal.

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Posted on 08/29/14

Over 3,000 robotics-related companies, research facilities and ancillary businesses

The Robot Report's database of robotics-related companies, research facilities, schools, start-ups and ancillary businesses has grown to 3,000+ and is displayed free in our seven industry directories and global map.

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Posted on 08/23/14

Hotel delivery robot debuts in Silicon Valley

Savioke, a start-up headed by ex-Willow Garage CEO Steve Cousins, has provided Aloft Hotels with a robotic butler. Aloft Cupertino is the first to use the new SaviOne delivery robot.

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Posted on 08/12/14

Q1 and Q2 2014 robot sales best ever

Following the International Federation of Robotics' (IFR) announcement earlier this year that 2013 set an all-time robotics record, the North American Robotics Industries Association announced that 2nd quarter robot sales were the best ever and the 1st and 2nd quarters combined have set a new record.

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Posted on 08/02/14