Tuesday, November 25, 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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Japan’s new robotics push: funding and deregulation

Posted on 11/25/14 by Frank Tobe

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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MecklerMedia launches RoboUniverse

Posted on 11/21/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Over 70,000 robotic vacuum cleaners sold on a single day

Posted on 11/20/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Are ag robots ready? 27 companies profiled

Posted on 11/18/14 by Frank Tobe

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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UN discusses humanitarian uses of drones

Posted on 11/16/14 by Frank Tobe

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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ABB invests in AI startup Vicarious

Posted on 11/10/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Latest research report shows 10.4% CAGR for robotics to 2025

Posted on 11/07/14 by Frank Tobe

Boston Consulting Group (BSG) recently released a global robotics market study which projects industry growth of 10.4% CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate).

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ROBO-STOX® introduces European Robotics and Automation Index

Posted on 11/03/14 by Frank Tobe

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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Nestlé 1st big buyer of Softbank’s Pepper robot

Posted on 11/01/14 by Frank Tobe

Earlier this year Softbank announced the launch of Pepper, a robot created specifically for SoftBank and the Japanese market. Last week Nestlé announced that it will use Pepper to sell its Nescafé products.

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Google news briefs

Posted on 10/31/14 by Frank Tobe

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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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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