Saturday, January 31, 2015

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

http://sparepartsthemovie.com

"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

ABB invests in AI startup Vicarious

ABB Technology Ventures, the VC arm of ABB, joins a long list of notables investing in artificial intelligence startup Vicarious Systems that include Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Vinod Khosla and Ashton Kutcher.

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Posted on 11/10/14

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

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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

Are ag robots ready? 27 companies profiled

Agriculture is one of our most important industries. It provides food, feed and fuel necessary for our survival. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production must double to meet the demand. And because of limited arable land, productivity must increase 25% to help meet that goal.

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Posted on 11/18/14

ROBO-STOX® introduces European Robotics and Automation Index

ROBO-STOX® licenses their proprietary index to ETF Securities to provide European investors with highly diversified access to a new age of growth in robotics and automation.

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Posted on 11/03/14

Google news briefs

UPDATED 11-11-14: Andy Rubin leaves Google; Sundar Pichai promoted to #2 man at Google; Google invests in $542 million funding for Magic Leap; and commits $1.36 billion for NASA facility to house Google's robotics, space and flight technologies.

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Posted on 10/31/14

Two robotic start-up companies make news

Two robotic start-up companies, one in India and the other California, received favorable media attention recently.

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Posted on 10/28/14

Pick a place and learn about robotics

24 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

Japan’s new robotics push: funding and deregulation

In June, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to treble the market for robots in Japan to $22 billion by 2020. Last month, the government launched a "robot revolution realization council" to craft a five-year blueprint to beef up the industry.

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Posted on 11/25/14

MecklerMedia launches RoboUniverse

MecklerMedia, a trade show organizer, is launching a new three-day, two-track workshop, seminar and exhibition on most verticals in robotics (other than heavy industry, military and space) to be held May 11-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Posted on 11/21/14

UN discusses humanitarian uses of drones

At a recent meeting at the United Nations, UN and UNICEF officials met with NGOs including Red Cross, food and peacekeeping groups, to discuss setting up a network of humanitarian uses for drones and to inform, educate and expose all to possible uses.

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Posted on 11/16/14