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.
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.
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.
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.
"Spare Parts" is a new movie showing grit, creativity, determination, and leadership in robotics through teamwork and individual success. The movie has a…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The US Federal Aviation Administration released their proposed rules for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for 60-day public review.
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.
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....
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.
The FAA granted two exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace for real estate and agricultural crop scouting.
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.
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.
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.
February was another big month for investments in robotic startup companies. 3D Robotics, Flyability, Fetch Robotics, EHang and many others.
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.
Ex-Willow Garage and Unbounded Robotics veterans get $3 million to bring mobile manipulator and mobile platform to market.
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.
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.
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.
From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 45 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures.
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.
15,000+ bright orange Kiva robots are operating across the US and at 10 Amazon fulfillment distribution centers this holiday season.
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.