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2009 Archives

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Robotics in 2009

Posted on 12/31/09 by Frank Tobe

The Everything-Robotic blog reviews business changes during the year and cites America's lack of investment and attention toward the industry. Singularity…

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Robotics in 2009

A Better Life With Bionics

Posted on 12/25/09 by Frank Tobe

National Geographic's January, 2010 story 'Merging Man and Machine', by Josh Fischman and photography by Mark Thiessen, is a must-read. Thorough and graphic…

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A Better Life With Bionics

Heartland Robotics and Manufacturing

Posted on 12/20/09 by Frank Tobe

Watch a video of Rodney Brooks entitled Remaking Robotics with Manufacturing. Heartland gets 2nd round of financing with a vision to reinvigorate American…

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Heartland Robotics and Manufacturing

Best Wishes for an Exciting Robotics New Year

Posted on 12/19/09 by Frank Tobe

'Christmas Fun with Electronic Robots' was the cover story from 51-year-old partially scanned and Photoshopped issue of now defunct Popular Electronics…

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Best Wishes for an Exciting Robotics New Year

Recently published robotic studies:

Posted on 12/10/09 by Frank Tobe

Majority of adults prefer robotic home help to a care facility finds GA Tech survey. "Respondents preferred robots that could perform chores and didn't…

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Recently published robotic studies:

Touch Bionics Launches Partial Hand Prosthetic

Posted on 12/09/09 by Frank Tobe

The partial-hand amputee population is estimated at around 40,000 in the U.S. and 1.2 million worldwide. Touch Bionics new ProDigits - powered bionic…

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Hansen Medical update

Posted on 12/03/09 by Frank Tobe

Webcast interview (12/02/09) tells of progress and problems with stalled sites, FDA trials and legal challenges.

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Hansen Medical update

Revelations from iREX 2009

Posted on 11/30/09 by Frank Tobe

101,000 visitors. Largest robotics trade show in the world. Read a review of iREX 2009 (International Robotics Exposition) held November 25-28, 2009 in Tokyo.

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Revelations from iREX 2009

Robo-Stox® Results Year-to-date (11-21)

Posted on 11/26/09 by Frank Tobe

Robotic stocks - particularly service robotic stocks - are advancing faster than jobs and orders faster even than the NASDAQ and DOW indexes as shown in…

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Robo-Stox® Results Year-to-date (11-21)

New rules are needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the US Airspace System

Posted on 11/22/09 by Frank Tobe

There are wonderful UAV products available for use by police, rescue, fire, drug and border patrol (as well as for commercial purposes such as research,…

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New rules are needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the US Airspace System

Optimism: a conversation with Henrik Christensen

Posted on 11/21/09 by Frank Tobe

Henrik is Director of Robotics and Intelligent Machines at GA Tech. He is a significant player in promoting the Roadmap for US Robotics having done the same…

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Optimism: a conversation with Henrik Christensen

Some North American Robotics Manufacturers Are Rebounding

Posted on 11/16/09 by Frank Tobe

Orders from life sciences customers are up 14% through September and orders from food and consumer goods customers are up 12% says Robotics Industry…

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Some North American Robotics Manufacturers Are Rebounding

Unmanned War Planes Making News

Posted on 10/22/09 by Frank Tobe

36 armed unmanned AF planes are flying over Afghanistan and Iraq 24 hours each and every day; hundreds of smaller UAV's are also being flown by the Army,…

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Unmanned War Planes Making News

Pleo Returns - Fixes, downloads, sales and new site up and functioning

Posted on 10/20/09 by Frank Tobe

Innvo Labs Corp. (Hong Kong and Carson City, NV), is the new host/owner for Pleo dinosaurs. PleoWorld is the new website and there's even a PleoWorld…

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Pleo Returns - Fixes, downloads, sales and new site up and functioning

Fascinating Inventions

Posted on 10/16/09 by Frank Tobe

Sensory-motor fusion system produces fastest robotic hands ever seen video from U of Tokyo Ishikawa Komuro Lab. Panasonic's robotic bed transforms into a…

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Fascinating Inventions

Civilian Robots help police

Posted on 10/11/09 by Frank Tobe

Many, many stories like these: In Indianapolis, robot enters home, its four cameras quickly spied purp and, using onboard voice function, told him to come…

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Civilian Robots help police

Nissan’s collision-free driving system imitates schools of fish

Posted on 10/09/09 by Frank Tobe

Displayed this week at CEATEC Japan 2009 by Nissan Motor's, the new EPORO robot cars provided an example of how near-term future cars will become…

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Nissan’s collision-free driving system imitates schools of fish

2008 Results from IFR: $11 billion service robots; $19 billion industrial

Posted on 10/05/09 by Frank Tobe

"Because the largest user group of industrial robots - car makers - will not return to high purchase volumes, robot manufacturers are putting effort into…

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2008 Results from IFR: $11 billion service robots; $19 billion industrial

$444 million flowing to non-defense robotic applications and research

Posted on 10/05/09 by Frank Tobe

National Science Foundation fiscal year awards for (FY) 2009 are $9.5 billion, which includes $3.0 billion provided through the American Recovery and…

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$444 million flowing to non-defense robotic applications and research

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