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Two newsworthy examples of healthcare robots

Posted on 12/19/11 by Frank Tobe

Children's Hospital Boston sends Vgo telepresence robots home with post-op patients in a pilot program that includes the robots into its regular post-op…

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Two newsworthy examples of healthcare robots

Google’s Response to Apple’s Siri: Buy Cleversense

Posted on 12/19/11 by Frank Tobe

Cleversense, a learning AI with a natural language processing front-end - and the developer of the popular Alfred personal assistant app - has been sold to…

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Google’s Response to Apple’s Siri: Buy Cleversense

Google Gets Patent for Driverless Car

Posted on 12/18/11 by Frank Tobe

Google was granted a US Patent "for transitioning a mixed-mode autonomous vehicle from a human driven mode to an autonomously driven mode."Now comes the…

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Google Gets Patent for Driverless Car

Robots in the Kitchen: Sooner Than You Think

Posted on 12/18/11 by Frank Tobe

"James (a PR2 robot from Willow Garage) and Rosie (a custom lightweight two-armed robot from Kuka and DLR) aren't specifically programmed with a "left,…

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Robots in the Kitchen: Sooner Than You Think

Iranians Hacked US Drone And Instructed It To Land In Iran

Posted on 12/17/11 by Frank Tobe

In an exclusive to The Christian Science Monitor, an Iranian engineer describes how they hacked a U.S. military drone - a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel -…

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Iranians Hacked US Drone And Instructed It To Land In Iran

Will there be a universal robotic control system?

Posted on 12/06/11 by Frank Tobe

From a highly fragmented industry with few common standards or platforms, there will soon be a universal interface so that 3rd parties can add platforms and…

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Will there be a universal robotic control system?

Y-T-D Global Robo-Stox™ Chart - a very ugly picture!

Posted on 12/06/11 by Frank Tobe

All the gains from the early months of 2011 have been lost for the whole global robotics industry. Only American defense contractors and service robotic…

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Y-T-D Global Robo-Stox™ Chart - a very ugly picture!

2011 Robot Gift Suggestions

Posted on 12/02/11 by Frank Tobe

Gift and book suggestions for almost every family member. Product descriptions, photos, prices, and where to buy.

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2011 Robot Gift Suggestions

Robots in Paradise?

Posted on 11/29/11 by Frank Tobe

30-day sailing vacation ending in time to go to Las Vegas for CES. No cells, no Internet. Just sun, rain, wind and friends.

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Robots in Paradise?

Robotics Labs and Companies Open Up for EU Robotics Week

Posted on 11/28/11 by Frank Tobe

Today is the start of the first European Robotics Week: from 28th of November to 4th of December 2011. Check events calendar for an event near you. In a…

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Robotics Labs and Companies Open Up for EU Robotics Week

Intelligrated adding 200 tech/engineering jobs at new Ohio facility

Posted on 11/23/11 by Frank Tobe

Intelligrated, a material handling automation integrator, is building a new R&D facility in Ohio. 200 new tech and engineering jobs will be added. The new…

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Intelligrated adding 200 tech/engineering jobs at new Ohio facility

Aldebaran Robotics Acquires Siri-like Front-End for their NAO Robot

Posted on 11/23/11 by Frank Tobe

Aldebaran Robotics, the venture-funded Paris-based developer of the NAO robot, has acquired the assets of the recently defunct Mindscape, a French gaming…

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Aldebaran Robotics Acquires Siri-like Front-End for their NAO Robot

Foxconn to mass produce their own robots

Posted on 11/19/11 by Frank Tobe

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) breaks ground for $223 million R&D and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan to develop and produce…

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Foxconn to mass produce their own robots

Toyota displays four new healthcare robots available in 2013

Posted on 11/16/11 by Frank Tobe

Toyota displays four new nursing and healthcare robots which are scheduled to be commercialized and available for sale in 2013. Two robots assist with…

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Toyota displays four new healthcare robots available in 2013

Robots Coming Online in 2012, 2013 and 2014

Posted on 11/11/11 by Frank Tobe

Harvest Automation's labor-saving potted plant mover to go commercial in 2012 and 2013 Sea Robotics hull-cleaning navy robot is slated for 2014 Foxconn…

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Robots Coming Online in 2012, 2013 and 2014

iRobot to cut 9% of workers from military - consumer products booming

Posted on 11/05/11 by Frank Tobe

iRobot CEO Colin Angle said the workforce reduction will result in a $1 million charge but won't impact the home robots business unit. Federal…

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iRobot to cut 9% of workers from military - consumer products booming

More disasters plaguing Japanese auto industry

Posted on 11/02/11 by Frank Tobe

Thailand flooding inundates Honda auto manufacturing plant and many auto parts providers; robots and computers under water. Flooding continues and the…

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More disasters plaguing Japanese auto industry

Help for independent scientists and early-stage companies developing radical ideas

Posted on 10/26/11 by Frank Tobe

Peter Thiel, of Google's driverless car fame, launched Breakout Labs, a new program to help independent scientists and early-stage companies develop their…

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Help for independent scientists and early-stage companies developing radical ideas

Emerging Underwater Businesses

Posted on 10/25/11 by Frank Tobe

ROVs repairing underwater oil rigs; treasure hunters finding $230 million in silver; recovering the black box from a crashed airline; tracking sea creatures…

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Emerging Underwater Businesses

iWalk expanding availability of lower limb bionic prosthetics

Posted on 10/08/11 by Frank Tobe

MIT spinoff iWalk now producing a leg system that replaces the combined functions of the foot, ankle and calf regions of the human body for…

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iWalk expanding availability of lower limb bionic prosthetics

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