Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

Governmental Funding of Strategic Robotic Projects

Many governments have determined that robotics will play a significant role in contributing to their economy and have set up projects to fund bottlenecks to speed up the process.

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Posted on 08/08/14

JIBO: a game changing social robot

JIBO, a 2013 Boston start-up, launched an IndieGoGo campaign last week and is off to a rousing start, lots of favorable press, and it has raised more than $1.4 million over their $100,000 goal.

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Posted on 07/20/14

Will agricultural robots arrive in time to keep fruit and vegetable costs down?

77% of all agricultural workers in the U.S. are foreign born and about half of those are undocumented (1). These low-wage workers have helped keep American food prices reasonable - especially for growing, harvesting and processing fruits and vegetables. 

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Posted on 07/10/14

2013 Robotics Funding Up 32% From 2012

UPDATED 7-3-14: Once again Google-X Labs' roboticist entrepreneur Travis Deyle has released his compilation of robotics-related venture funding for 2013. The results show a 32% increase over 2012 and $250.7 million for 19 start-ups.

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Posted on 07/03/14

Why was this man smiling at AUTOMATICA?

34,500 visitors from more than 100 countries came to Munich this June to visit AUTOMATICA 2014 and examine the robotics-related wares of 731 exhibitors from over 42 countries. 

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Posted on 06/16/14

SoftBank + Aldebaran = Pepper

The latest creation from Aldebaran Robotics, Pepper, is designed to live with humans. It doesn’t clean or cook but it talks, is mobile, can read emotions, and reacts autonomously to "make people happy."

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Posted on 06/06/14

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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

10,000 robots to be used on new iPhone 6

MacRumors has done a roundup of iPhone 6 rumors and reported that the new phone will come in two models: 4.7” and 5.5” and be released starting this September.

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Posted on 07/24/14

China International Robot Show (CIROS) a BIG hit

CIROS, the China International Robot Show held last week in Shanghai had record crowds, record numbers of exhibitors, 168,000 sq ft of exhibition space, and exuded confidence in a thriving up-and-coming Chinese robotics industry.

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Posted on 07/16/14

Top 10 take-aways from AUTOMATICA 2014

When you see a slick robot - say for instance the new Aldebaran Pepper robot - you can easily be distracted by the design, the gestures, the interaction, the cuteness. But AUTOMATICA reminds you that there's a whole lot of "stuff" going on inside that robot.

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Posted on 07/01/14

Migration from Mexico to U.S. tapering off

In a recent newsletter from Harvest Automation, the start-up company that produces robots that move potted plants at nurseries and greenhouses, HA cites two very revealing trends regarding migrant workers.

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Posted on 06/25/14

IFR Maker/User Panel at AUTOMATICA

In a crowded back room at AUTOMATICA 2014 in Munich, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) sponsored a panel of prominent robot users explaining their needs to a panel of executives representing the major robot manufacturers.

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Posted on 06/10/14

ReWalk IPO gets $36 million; Corindus private placement gets $26.6

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 double and close at $25.60 on day 1 and $37.15 on day 2!

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Posted on 09/13/14

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

Robots for entertainment - Part II

Entertainment users of robots include movie studios (e.g., “Gravity”), entertainers (e.g., Blue Man Group), rides (Disney Epcot Center), resorts (Wynn) and bartenders (Bicardi and Coca Cola).

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Posted on 07/19/14

3 Exoskeleton Companies Go Public

First came Ekso Bionics with an alternative public offering that netted $30.3 million; then Cyberdyne let its stock be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange; and last week the WSJ reported that ReWalk Robotics had filed an IPO and planned to raise $57.5 million.

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Posted on 07/13/14

Keeping jobs in-country, Part II

One of robotics' most colorful proponents is Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel. In a recent NY Times article he vividly describes how he has used robots to automate basket-making to a precision - and competitive - artform.

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Posted on 06/30/14

12.6% CAGR forecast for mobile robotics market

A recent $4,800 Transparency Market Research report forecasts that for the period from now until 2019, the global mobile robotics market will grow at a 12.6% CAGR.

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Posted on 06/20/14