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More $$ for surgical snake

Posted on 12/21/12 by Frank Tobe

Medrobotics, previously CardioRobotics, just completed a $32 million series D round of financing to help finalize commercializing the first surgical snake…

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More $$ for surgical snake

Lots of robots at CES, January 10-13 in Las Vegas

Posted on 12/20/12 by Frank Tobe

Many new vendors selling robotic consumer products at this year's show. Robstep showing off their Segway-like devices; iRobot with their floor and pool…

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Lots of robots at CES, January 10-13 in Las Vegas

InformationWeek’s Top 10 robots that could change healthcare

Posted on 12/19/12 by Frank Tobe

Mobile remote-presence robots by Giraff, Anybots and InTouch Health for critical and remote care consultations and communication. Mobile platforms by…

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InformationWeek’s Top 10 robots that could change healthcare

Unmanned Vehicle University Accredited To Grant Doctorate and Masters Degrees

Posted on 12/13/12 by Frank Tobe

Unmanned Vehicle University just received an Arizona state license to grant Graduate Doctorate and Masters Degrees in Unmanned (Air / Ground / Sea / Space)…

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Unmanned Vehicle University Accredited To Grant Doctorate and Masters Degrees

2012 Holiday Selection of Robotic Gifts and Books

Posted on 12/11/12 by Frank Tobe

For gifts and toys, click here. For robotics-related books, click here.

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2012 Holiday Selection of Robotic Gifts and Books

The patent grip loosens

Posted on 12/10/12 by Frank Tobe

VGo Communications wins infringement lawsuit brought on by InTouch Health and also initiated a patent reexamination of four other InTouch patents. The…

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The patent grip loosens

Robots and reshoring in the US

Posted on 12/09/12 by Frank Tobe

In an opinion piece in the NY Times, Paul Krugman cites a report about the growing evidence of "reshoring" of manufacturing. The principle reasons are…

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Robots and reshoring in the US

SwRI and ROS-Industrial making progress on 5th anniversary of ROS

Posted on 12/04/12 by Frank Tobe

In 2011, Motoman USA partnered with SwRI (Southwest Research Institute) to enable ROS software to be available to Motoman users. "The next step for…

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SwRI and ROS-Industrial making progress on 5th anniversary of ROS

Researching Robotics Is Getting Easier

Posted on 12/02/12 by Frank Tobe

New app "IEEE Spectrum ROBOTS," not only provides news but has an extensive detailed section for current-day robots of all types: from exoskeletons to…

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Researching Robotics Is Getting Easier

Progress report on eldercare robots

Posted on 12/01/12 by Frank Tobe

Nine years ago robotics pioneer Joseph Engelberger described an eldercare assistive robot that would work in a home at a cost of $1.25 per hour. It would…

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Progress report on eldercare robots

Interactive Map of Global Robot Providers

Posted on 11/25/12 by Frank Tobe

200+ industrial robot makers (red markers); 600+ service robot providers (blue markers) and 170+ start-up companies (green markers) covering 37 countries…

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Interactive Map of Global Robot Providers

Recent funding for robotics companies

Posted on 11/24/12 by Frank Tobe

MAKO Surgical gets $43 million from the sale of common stock. MAKO produces a robotic orthopedic surgical platform for implant placement. MAKO's stock…

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Recent funding for robotics companies

Furby’s are back - this time with an iPhone app and translator

Posted on 11/23/12 by Frank Tobe

Hasbro has enhanced their successful Furby toy from years past with a combination of interactive programming and robotic engineering. The updated Furby…

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Furby’s are back - this time with an iPhone app and translator

Iceland’s Össur wins PopSci Best of What’s New award for Symbionic Leg

Posted on 11/23/12 by Frank Tobe

Iceland's Össur, a company which develops, manufactures and sells non-invasive orthopaedic and bionic prosthetics, received a Popular Science Magazine's…

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Iceland’s Össur wins PopSci Best of What’s New award for Symbionic Leg

VGo Gets Funding to Scale Up for Healthcare

Posted on 11/23/12 by Frank Tobe

VGo Communications received $900,000 debt financing to help the company scale up and focus on providing remote presence for the healthcare industry. They've…

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VGo Gets Funding to Scale Up for Healthcare

Westwood Group

Posted on 11/16/12 by Frank Tobe

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Westwood Group

Lockheed Martin Acquires UAV Maker Chandler/May

Posted on 11/15/12 by Frank Tobe

Lockheed Martin acquires ChandlerMay for an undisclosed amount. The new acquisition will join Lockheed's Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2)…

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Lockheed Martin Acquires UAV Maker Chandler/May

Chris Anderson, Wired editor-in-chief, resigns to run 3D Robotics

Posted on 11/05/12 by Frank Tobe

Anderson has held the editor-in-chief position for 11 years during which time, in addition to his work at Wired, he authored three books and founded DIY…

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Chris Anderson, Wired editor-in-chief, resigns to run 3D Robotics

OmniGuide in the news

Posted on 11/04/12 by Frank Tobe

Cambridge, MA-based OmniGuide recently got $35 million non-dilutive financing from OrbiMed Advisors enabling company to grow toward profitability over the…

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OmniGuide in the news

New Russian entrant into creepiest robot face contest

Posted on 11/01/12 by Frank Tobe

Neurobotics, a Russian brain research organization, has just released videos of their new human-like woman robotic head. Click to see their video. Hanson…

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New Russian entrant into creepiest robot face contest

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