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Pick a place and learn about robotics

Posted on 01/31/15 by Frank Tobe

24 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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Food delivery drones planned for restaurant chain and airport lounge

Posted on 12/09/14 by Frank Tobe

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.

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25% of KUKA shares trade hands

Posted on 12/07/14 by Frank Tobe

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.

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Christmas is orange at Amazon

Posted on 12/02/14 by Frank Tobe

15,000+ bright orange Kiva robots are operating across the US and at 10 Amazon fulfillment distribution centers this holiday season.

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Agricultural technology making news

Posted on 12/01/14 by Frank Tobe

My November 18th article Are Ag Robots Ready was our most widely read 2014 posting to date. Now there are two new in-depth articles on the subject by the NY Times and San Jose Mercury News. All are informative and worth your time to read.

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2014 Robotic Gift List

Posted on 12/01/14 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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Ozobot, Knightscope, Hibot and Airware all get funded

Posted on 11/28/14 by Frank Tobe

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.

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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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