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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. [ Disclaimer ] 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 4, 2016

iRobot+710+Warrior+3In a transaction valued at $45 million, iRobot has sold its Defense and Security division to Arlington Capital Partners. Sean Bielat, who takes over as the CEO, says the new company will be the largest independent provider of ground-based robots to the Department of Defense.

by   -   February 3, 2016

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2015 was a phenomenal year for funding and acquiring robotic companies. Over $1.32 billion in seed, crowd, series A,B,C,D and VC fundings and more than $2.27 billion in acquisitions. And they’ve begun again in 2016.

by   -   January 25, 2016
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Meckler Media’s RoboUniverse conference, NYC 2015. Source: RoboUniverse

MecklerMedia’s RoboUniverse trade shows and conferences and Inside 3D Printing shows have been acquired by Rising Media, a Germany-based global events producer focusing on Internet and technology-related conferences and exhibitions.

by   -   January 22, 2016

Perhaps the biggest upcoming robotics-driven economic and social change will be the arrival of fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Imagine a world full of self driving cars, planes and boats — the benefits will range from life-saving and cost reduction to greater mobility options for people of all ages.

by   -   January 21, 2016

Two CES keynote presentations illustrate how artificial intelligence and data synthesis will provide the backbone to enable meaningful and productive interaction between humans and machines ... not only on screens, but with gestures, visual cues and spoken understandable communication to and from smart devices and robots of all types. And it's not just a near-term future they foretell -- they give examples of where it is already happening.

by   -   January 21, 2016

CES draws huge traffic to the worlds of digital, electronics, robotics, IoT and consumer products. Everyone wants to learn about products and thematic or even paradigm changes that will affect their lives in the near future, and over 6,000 members of the media from all over the world were there to gather that information. Their observations have been -- and will be -- top news stories for months to come.

by   -   January 18, 2016
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

At a press conference last week at CES, Toyota, led by Gill Pratt of DARPA fame and now CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), informed the world what Toyota intended to do with it’s billion dollar investment in their new AI research facilities in Silicon Valley and Cambridge.

by   -   January 6, 2016

Intel Corp. has acquired German drone and autopilot developer Ascending Technologies. Ascending's LED light painting technology was used to fly and draw the Intel logo while the moves were shot with long exposure photography.

by   -   January 5, 2016

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In an article about the pace of sales for the SoftBank Pepper robot, the China Post reported that Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision (AKA Foxconn) has sent a team of 30 to survey the US market for future acquisitions of robot production firms.

by   -   January 4, 2016

Collaborative robots (also called co-bots) are robots designed to assist humans in the performance of their tasks, i.e., to work jointly on a project. Because co-bots are almost plug and play -- and very low-cost -- SMEs are buying and the segment is quickly growing.

by   -   January 4, 2016

From the 2015 archives of The Robot Report: 54 fundings of $1.267 billion, 31 acquisitions totalling over $1.97 billion, and one IPO -- all adding up to some surprisingly large figures.

by   -   January 2, 2016

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The use of Cortana, an AI personal assistant created by Microsoft initially for Windows phones, has been a big hit in Japan and China. The Mandarin language version, named Xiaoice, is being used daily by a TV station to report the morning weather.

by   -   December 30, 2015
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Source: Times of Isreal

A consortium of Chinese companies, municipalities and investors — including Siasun, the largest robotics firm in China and the city of Guangzhou — have inked a deal to set up a $20 million R&D center in Israel dedicated to developing robot technology that China can use to modernize and automate its industrial base.

by   -   December 30, 2015

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The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. Eighty-one have been previewed on The Robot Report thus far in 2015. The latest batch of 28 — shown below — brings the total to 109.

by   -   December 21, 2015

China is poised to emerge as a global technological heavyweight in the not-too-distant future as the Chinese government simultaneously pushes to improve the quality of manufactured goods, the lives of factory workers, and perhaps most importantly, the in-country control of their manufacturing industry.


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