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GoPro unveils long-awaited Karma stabilized drone system and kit

Posted on 09/24/16 by Frank Tobe

GoPro fans and the financial world have been looking forward to GoPro's new Karma since GoPro announced last December that it was working on building its first drone. When they delayed the release from early summer until now, it only served to raise expectations.

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46 research reports analyze the robotics industry and autonomous vehicles

Posted on 09/23/16 by Frank Tobe

As autonomous cars begin to hit world markets in pilot tests and other ways, and before the International Federation of Robotics clarifies whether those vehicles are robots or not, two research firms have combined those vehicles with other robots. Their results are highlighted in yellow below.

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Pittsburgh and Singapore are now pilot sites for self-driving car services

Posted on 09/14/16 by Frank Tobe

Two self-driving car events of note: Uber just began operating a fleet of Volvo self driving cars in Pittsburgh, and nuTonomy launched the first autonomous pilot taxi program last month in Singapore. (Both still require a driver although he/she will be as hands-off as possible.)

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InterDrone 2016 vs. 2015: the trend is towards professionalism

Posted on 09/14/16 by Frank Tobe

InterDrone just concluded their 2nd annual trade show and conference in Las Vegas. The differences between the 2015 event and this one reflect the rapid changes in the industry and can be seen as a predictor for the next few years.

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Integrators are dead; long live the integrator

Posted on 09/13/16 by Frank Tobe

For many years integrators have engineered, built and installed automation machinery for their manufacturer clients. As manufacturing has  begun to move from mass production to mass customization, the integration process has required more flexibility and increasingly used robots as part, if not all, of the solution.

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Advances and commercial uses in prosthetics

Posted on 09/13/16 by Frank Tobe

“When the greater public thinks about exoskeletons, they generally think of the robotic suits you might find in a Marvel comic,” said Samantha, COO of Open Bionics. “The reality is that with exoskeletons, we are just scratching the surface of this technology!"

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Top 10 technologies in precision agriculture

Posted on 09/09/16 by Eric Sfiligo

PrecisionAg's editor Eric Sfiligoj has prepared a list of the top 10 technologies that are shaping precision ag today. Most involve some level of robotics, navigation, sensors and variable rate dispensing. Check them out!

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Case IH displays new cab-less concept tractor

Posted on 09/04/16 by Frank Tobe

Case IH (Case New Holland International Harvester) displayed their new cab-less tractor at a farming show in Iowa. The presentation was to show off what they hope will be the future: an autonomous tractor without a steering wheel, pedals or a cab for the driver. 

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August fundings and acquisitions

Posted on 09/02/16 by Frank Tobe

August was another big month for funding robotic startups. 18 deals. Almost $430 million (bringing the year-to-date total well over $1 billion)! Plus another $1 billion paid in August for four acquisitions. 

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Two LiDAR makers each get big funding

Posted on 08/25/16 by Frank Tobe

In anticipation of the need for LiDAR devices in cars with assisted steering and other self-driving technologies, both Velodyne and Quarnergy received funding. Quanergy raised $90 million and Velodyne got $150 million.

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News bureaus and networks setting up drone divisions

Posted on 08/20/16 by Frank Tobe

CNN just inaugurated their new drone division. So have many other news organizations. Network providers are also setting up drone operations for a variety of purposes.

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As Ford sets a date, Jibo retracts theirs

Posted on 08/17/16 by Frank Tobe

Bringing a complex product to market is an intensive process fraught with problems. Getting hardware ready for manufacturing is often the easy part; it's the software and regulatory compliance that's often the most challenging. Here are three examples: Ford Motor Co., Velodyne LiDAR and Jibo.

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Midea’s masterplan to become China’s robot powerhouse

Posted on 08/17/16 by Frank Tobe

Chinese consumer manufacturer Midea, after having spent over $4 billion to acquire 94% of German robot maker Kuka, is planning to spend an additional $1.5 billion to turn itself into China's preeminent robot powerhouse. 

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IDC awards 5 warehouse robotics innovators

Posted on 08/16/16 by Frank Tobe

International Data Corporation (IDC) has awarded five pioneering players in the warehouse robotics market with the 2016 IDC Innovators Award. Companies selected met the following criteria: revenue of less than $50 million with an innovative technology, or a groundbreaking new business model, or both.

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What happens when a robot company sells off a division?

Posted on 08/10/16 by Frank Tobe

Spin-offs are disrupting but often necessary. Here are two recent examples: iRobot sold off its Defense & Security Business Unit to a private equity firm, and Harvest Automation sold the IP and work in process of its warehousing robot group to a new venture-backed startup.

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As Intuitive Surgical continues to shine, competitors are entering the fray

Posted on 08/04/16 by Frank Tobe

Robotic surgery has long been dominated by Intuitive Surgical which has placed more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals around the world. Nevertheless, an increasing number of new players are entering the marketplace.

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July fundings, acquisitions and failures

Posted on 08/02/16 by Frank Tobe

Despite all the high-profile billion-dollar acquisitions, eg: ARM by SoftBank, KUKA by Midea and Uber China by Didi Chuxing, M&A are down 19% this year according to both Forbes and CB Insights. 

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Singapore to begin testing on-demand robot taxis

Posted on 08/01/16 by Frank Tobe

Delphi Automotive, the global provider of vehicle electronics components, will begin testing 6 phone-dispatched autonomous taxis in Singapore that will go point-to-point based on customer requests with a goal of providing no-driver-in-the-car service by 2019 and cars without steering wheels by 2022.

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Swiss startup makes good on Broadway

Posted on 07/29/16 by Frank Tobe

Flying robots perform 100th show on Broadway, using new localization technology and algorithms designed and created by Verity Studios of Zurich in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil for their new show PARAMOUR.

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AUTOMATICA 2016: digitalization and collaborative robotics

Posted on 07/24/16 by Frank Tobe

AUTOMATICA 2016, held in June in Munich at the massive Messe tradefair facility, is a gigantic show focused on automation, mechatronics, robotics and emerging technologies as they relate to the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

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