Friday, October 31, 2014

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2014 Robotic Gift List

Posted on 10/23/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Google news briefs

Posted on 10/31/14 by Frank Tobe

Andy Rubin leaves Google; Sundar Pichai promoted to #2 man at Google; and Google invests in $542 million B funding for Magic Leap.

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Two robotic start-up companies make news

Posted on 10/28/14 by Frank Tobe

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

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2013 Stats from the IFR; 3rd qtr results for 2014 set new records in US

Posted on 10/26/14 by Frank Tobe

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) recently released their annual statistical recap and four-year forecast for the robotics industry. The IFR produces two research books; one which covers industrial robots and the other for service robots.

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Seegrid files for Chapter 11 protection

Posted on 10/24/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Google adding to UK DeepMind Acquisition

Posted on 10/24/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Medrobotics, Monsieur and Arago all get funding

Posted on 10/21/14 by Frank Tobe

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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KUKA acquires Swisslog for $357 million

Posted on 10/18/14 by Frank Tobe

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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At RoboBusiness, start-up contest chooses 3 winners

Posted on 10/15/14 by Frank Tobe

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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4 reports predict steady growth for robotics

Posted on 10/15/14 by Frank Tobe

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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RobotShop continues acquisition spree

Posted on 10/13/14 by Frank Tobe

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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UCSD investing in robotics

Posted on 10/13/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Self-driving car test sites

Posted on 10/08/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Safety Concerns for Collaborative Robots

Posted on 10/02/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Vision-enabled package handling

Posted on 09/27/14 by Frank Tobe

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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DHL UAS Parcel Delivery Gets First Test

Posted on 09/24/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Liquid Robotics Continues Its Growth-By-Partnering

Posted on 09/23/14 by Frank Tobe

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

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

Posted on 09/23/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Swiss startup shows syncronized quadrocopters in Cirque du Soleil videos

Posted on 09/22/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Unbounded Robotics Closes Down

Posted on 09/12/14 by Frank Tobe

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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