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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report. After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as a computer services consultant to the DNC and major presidential, senatorial, congressional, mayoral campaigns and initiatives all across the U.S., Canada and internationally, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics. “Early in 2008, in a personal effort to learn about the robotics industry and the future of robotics, with an eye toward selectively investing in publicly-traded and privately owned robotics businesses, I began an intensive research project that took me to Japan, Korea, China, France, Germany, Switzerland and all over the Internet. My eyesight has suffered but not my mind. I love what I’m doing and finding out and, in an effort to share my research, I set up the website, The Robot Report, to track the business of robotics." "Early in 2009 I set up the Everything-Robotic blog to supplement The Robot Report with periodic in-depth personal insights.”

Frank is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.
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This publication is not an offering for any investment. It represents only the opinions of Frank Tobe and those that he interviews. Any views expressed are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed in any way as an offer, an endorsement, or inducement to invest with any stock, fund, or program mentioned here or elsewhere, and is not in any way a testimony of, or associated with, Frank Tobe’s other firms. Frank Tobe is a Co-Founder and Analyst for ROBO-STOX, LLC. ROBO-STOX, LLC owns and licenses data of the ROBO-STOX™ Global Robotics and Automation Index, which may include companies mentioned in this publication. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. All material presented herein is believed to be reliable but we cannot attest to its accuracy. Opinions expressed in this publication may change without prior notice.
by   -   February 23, 2015

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UPDATED 2/23/15 Softbank announced a delay in sales of their Pepper robot from February until sometime during the summer. Aldebaran announced that CEO and Founder Bruno Maisonnier and Jean-Christophe Baillie have left Aldebaran as CEO and CSO respectively.

by   -   February 17, 2015

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The 48th annual World Ag Expo, with over 1,400 exhibitors, finished up in Tulare, California last week with little exposure to robotic game changers. Their Top 10 New Products included just one robotic entry.

by   -   February 13, 2015

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A bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Seegrid to exit from Chapter 11 by okaying the reorganization plan and rejecting challenges lodged by the ex-CEO.

by   -   February 10, 2015

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Ex-Willow Garage and Unbounded Robotics veterans get $3 million to bring mobile manipulator and mobile platform to market.

by   -   February 9, 2015
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photo: KMel Robotics

New Chinese robotics investment fund; the RIA says 2014 North American robotics set new sales record; marine robotics company gets acquired. These stories and many more … 

by   -   February 9, 2015

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A flurry of robotic research analyses and reports are being sold by a variety of vendors. Most show steady growth rates — and a few project spectacular growth.

by   -   February 2, 2015

Robotic-Events-2015_b---Google-Fusion-Tables24 robotics-related events dot the global map and offer you a range of interesting robotic conferences and trade shows. Pick a place and learn.

by   -   February 2, 2015

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Rethink Robotics, Xenix, Rapyuta, Perceptron, Skydio, Sarcos and JIBO have all announced substantial fundings for a wide range of robotic ventures. Plus there are some new funders joining the fray.

by   -   January 26, 2015

ford-research-center_800_435_80Silicon Valley and the whole San Francisco Bay area have such an abundant talent pool that global companies and startups alike are setting up research labs and offices there to secure engineering and programming expertise.

by   -   January 20, 2015

From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 30 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures. UPDATED Jan 20, 2015 to include additions from Travis Deyle’s Hizook blog, and on January 7 to include Rethink Robotics equity funding and the acquisition of RobotWorx. 

by   -   January 20, 2015

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The EU has co-funded 17 new robotics-related projects under Horizon 2020, the mechanism that the European Commission is using to stimulate the region’s global competitiveness in technical innovation. Each of these projects focus on developing critical technologies for commercialized industrial and service robotics applications and all (except one) are managed by a consortium of corporate and academic/research partners. Emphasis is placed on quick technology transfers and rapid commercialization, which is why each project has at least one corporate partner.

by   -   January 19, 2015

"Spare Parts" is a new movie showing grit, creativity, determination, and leadership in robotics through teamwork and individual success. The movie has a Hollywood ending: teacher and kids inspire each other to make wonderful things happen and they win the contest. But a truly unhappy story has unfolded for these four young talented students in real life.

by   -   January 15, 2015

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IEEE/Spectrum Senior Editor Erico Guizzo describes in a recent post (and two videos) how Aldebaran’s two-year Pepper project is coming to fruition.

by   -   January 14, 2015

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The FAA granted two exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace for real estate and agricultural crop scouting. But all is not as rosy as it appears.


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