Friday, February 27, 2015


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Pepper delayed until summer; top execs leave

Posted on 02/23/15 by Frank Tobe

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.

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Proposed sUAS rules from FAA

Posted on 02/19/15 by Frank Tobe

​The US Federal Aviation Administration released their proposed rules for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for 60-day public review.

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Media is more excited about farm robots than exhibitors

Posted on 02/13/15 by Frank Tobe

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.

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Seegrid reorganization plan okayed by judge

Posted on 02/12/15 by Frank Tobe

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.

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Fetch Robotics gets $3 million

Posted on 02/09/15 by Frank Tobe

Ex-Willow Garage and Unbounded Robotics veterans get $3 million to bring mobile manipulator and mobile platform to market.

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Robotics research forecasts upward growth

Posted on 02/08/15 by Frank Tobe

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.

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Financial briefs: Recent transactions

Posted on 02/05/15 by Frank Tobe

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....

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Pick a place and learn about robotics

Posted on 01/31/15 by Frank Tobe

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.

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January fundings are off to a great start!

Posted on 01/30/15 by Frank Tobe

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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Clamor for Bay Area and Silicon Valley Talent

Posted on 01/25/15 by Frank Tobe

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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$87 million in European robotic projects funded

Posted on 01/19/15 by Frank Tobe

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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A cruel waste of STEM talent

Posted on 01/18/15 by Frank Tobe

"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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FAA issues waivers for real estate and agricultural UAVs

Posted on 01/14/15 by Frank Tobe

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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SoftBank/Aldebaran Pepper robots go on sale in February

Posted on 01/13/15 by Frank Tobe

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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Rethink Robotics gets a $26.6 million Christmas gift

Posted on 01/07/15 by Frank Tobe

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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40% annual growth forecast for Chinese robotics

Posted on 01/07/15 by Frank Tobe

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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2014 fundings, IPOs, acquisitions, and failures

Posted on 01/02/15 by Frank Tobe

From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 45 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures.

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Pics. Pics. And more pics: Top 2014 Robot Pictures

Posted on 12/27/14 by Frank Tobe

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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2014 robotics in a word: MORE

Posted on 12/17/14 by Frank Tobe

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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10.1% CAGR projected for material handling robots through 2020

Posted on 12/15/14 by Frank Tobe

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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