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$5 Billion UAV/Drones industry in the news and setting new records

Posted on 12/29/10 by Frank Tobe

UPDATE 12/30/10: The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale has confirmed that QinetiQ's solar-powered Zephyr UAV, which charges during the day and…

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$5 Billion UAV/Drones industry in the news and setting new records

Robot News Bites:

Posted on 12/16/10 by Frank Tobe

Teledyne Technologies acquires Canadian vision systems provider DALSA for $335 million. First four commercially sold Willow Garage PR2 robots were delivered…

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Robot News Bites:

Workerbots Begin Production in Europe

Posted on 12/15/10 by Frank Tobe

The workerbot is a flexible inspection and assembly robot system from pi4_robotics, a German optical inspection and image processing industrial robot…

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Workerbots Begin Production in Europe

ReWalk exoskeleton in FDA Trials and on ‘Glee’

Posted on 12/11/10 by Frank Tobe

Artie (a wheel-chair bound character on Glee, the TV musical) walked using Argo Medical Technologies' ReWalk exoskeleton on the Christmas episode of…

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ReWalk exoskeleton in FDA Trials and on ‘Glee’

Funding for Robotic Businesses

Posted on 12/09/10 by Frank Tobe

Heartland Robotics gets $20 million additional funding ($32 million total thus far). Brooks said the company's new manufacturing robots "will be intuitive…

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Funding for Robotic Businesses

March, 2011: Two Intl. Robot Shows on Same Days

Posted on 12/04/10 by Frank Tobe

Hard choice: Expo and conference on vision, motion and automation with an expected crowd of 35,000 or Lyon, France (!), half the size expo and conference,…

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March, 2011: Two Intl. Robot Shows on Same Days

Army’s Robotics Rodeo Tests Newest Gear

Posted on 12/03/10 by Frank Tobe

The machines, viewed at a recent 'Robotics Rodeo' at an Army training school, protect soldiers, don't panic under fire, are never distracted, and use an…

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Army’s Robotics Rodeo Tests Newest Gear

Festo’s Robotic Elephant Arm Wins German Future Prize

Posted on 12/03/10 by Frank Tobe

It is described as a bionic handing assistant which allows humans and machines to work together safely and efficiently as a team. Possible areas of use…

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Festo’s Robotic Elephant Arm Wins German Future Prize

Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010

Posted on 11/24/10 by Frank Tobe

Seven are robotic: Google's driverless car, eLegs' Exoskeleton for paraplegics, Georgia Tech's Deceitful Robot, Korea's English-teaching robot, EMILY, the…

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Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010

Pres. Obama Experiences Japanese Robots

Posted on 11/15/10 by Frank Tobe

On his recent Asian trip, at APEC in Yokohama, President Obama petted a Paro robot, met HRP-4C, the fashion/space/talking fembot, and tried out Japan's new…

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Pres. Obama Experiences Japanese Robots

Three Major Robotic Events End—All Were In Asia

Posted on 11/05/10 by Frank Tobe

The World Expo 2010 held in Shanghai May 1 to October 31 and seen by 60 million visitors, showcased robots in many forms: guides to factory assistants,…

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Three Major Robotic Events End—All Were In Asia

Google’ Self-Driving Cars Have Racked Up 140,000 Driverless Miles on California Roads

Posted on 10/31/10 by Frank Tobe

The only accident was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light. The cars used LIDAR, a video camera, four standard automotive…

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Google’ Self-Driving Cars Have Racked Up 140,000 Driverless Miles on California Roads

2010 Robotic Gifts for the Whole Family

Posted on 10/30/10 by Frank Tobe

For all ages: Parrot's AR.Drone iPhone-controlled quadcopter. For Mom: a robotic vacuum from Neato or iRobot. For Dad: the adaptive cruise control option…

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2010 Robotic Gifts for the Whole Family

Do robots take away jobs or just change the mix of workers?

Posted on 10/29/10 by Frank Tobe

Interesting article and comments on subject. Join the conversation.

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Do robots take away jobs or just change the mix of workers?

Autism, Robotics and Apple’s iPad

Posted on 10/28/10 by Frank Tobe

An unintended consequence of the versatility, ease of use, size and colorfulness of Apple's new iPad is its emerging use of with autistic children to help…

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Autism, Robotics and Apple’s iPad

Robonaut 2 Off To Space February 3rd But GM’s Robonaut 2 Is Moving To The Factory Floor

Posted on 10/28/10 by Frank Tobe

Best video thus far about GM's intended uses for Robonaut 2 as NASA's Robonaut 2 flies off to join the Space Station as a lab assistant.

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Robonaut 2 Off To Space February 3rd But GM’s Robonaut 2 Is Moving To The Factory Floor

DARPA to Develop Multi-purpose Hand

Posted on 10/21/10 by Frank Tobe

UPDATE: Read IEEE interview with DARPA's Dr. Robert Mandelbaum where, when asked whether there would be a trickle down effect into civilian…

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DARPA to Develop Multi-purpose Hand

Images from Taipei Int’l Robot Show

Posted on 10/21/10 by Frank Tobe

Images courtesy of our friends at PlasticPals. The International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) was held at the same time.

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Images from Taipei Int’l Robot Show

A Giant Cobra Made of Robot Men Slithers Around Eating Cars

Posted on 10/21/10 by Frank Tobe

New Indian movie "Endhiran (The Robot)" has a giant cobra made of robot men plus many dance scenes. Enjoy the trailer. Last year's fashion robot HRP-4C did…

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A Giant Cobra Made of Robot Men Slithers Around Eating Cars

Berkeley Bionics Uses Military Technology to Let Wheelchair Users Walk

Posted on 10/09/10 by Frank Tobe

Slimming down their military HULC exoskeleton (which they have licensed to Lockheed Martin), Berkeley Bionics has introduced eLEGS, a gesture-based…

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Berkeley Bionics Uses Military Technology to Let Wheelchair Users Walk

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