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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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by   -   May 19, 2015

YuMi_ABB

Money is flowing to robotics-related startup companies. Q1 saw nineteen equity deals totalling $317 million, and three acquisitions of undetermined amounts, but money also flowed in April.

by   -   May 13, 2015

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Privately held Danish company Universal Robots – the successful producer of the UR line of collaborative robots – has sold to Massachusetts-based Teradyne, a provider of electronic testing equipment.

by   -   May 11, 2015

The Airware Aerial Information Platform   Powering Drones for the Enterprise   YouTubeAirware received an undisclosed investment from Intel Capital, which now joins GE Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and a host of other prominent VCs in funding this autopilot startup. The startup received $40.5 million prior to the Intel investment.

by   -   May 8, 2015
eBee RTK, photo:senseFly
eBee RTK, photo:senseFly

Lobbying for drone special interests rose from $35 million in 2011 to more than $186 million in 2014. But that is dwarfed by investments in drone makers such as DJI and 3DR, who just raised $75M and $64M.

by   -   May 5, 2015

ecoppia-PV-cleaner_800_534_80Industrial robots keep humming along, doing the dull, dirty and dangerous work of factories around the world. Newer applications are less often known but are quickly emerging. Here are two novel ones.

by   -   May 4, 2015
Crowds at Hannover Messe, 2015.
Crowds at Hannover Messe, 2015.

2014 set new records for robotics of all types, industrial, field and service. 2015 is also setting records for attendance and number of exhibitors at robotics-related trade shows, contests and events.

by   -   May 1, 2015

Amazon_picking_Challenge

As sales via online retailers steadily increase, so too does the speed with which customers want their goods delivered. Amazon, eBay, and Google all have massive and speedy warehousing operations attempting to meet those needs.

by   -   April 30, 2015
Faungg via wikimedia commons.
Photo: Faungg via wikimedia commons.

April has seen Chinese VCs acquiring robotic ventures, buying out competitors, seeking funding to scale up production, and shoring up industry gaps.

by   -   April 27, 2015
photo: Precision Hawk (facebook page)
Photo: Precision Hawk (facebook page)

Markets and Markets, a Dallas, TX research firm, in an 189-page $4,650 report, is projecting that the global commercial drones market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 109.3% and reach $1.27 billion by 2020.

by   -   April 27, 2015

In a video interview for The NY Times, Peng Zhang, Vice Director of the Economy, for Shunde (a city of 2.4 million) in Guandong Province, China, says that he is administering a project to replace humans with robots. Zhang said that the half of Shunde's population comprised of immigrant workers from other Chinese provinces cannot continue to grow.

by   -   April 16, 2015

Underwater_Dreams

Underwater Dreams is a documentary that follows a team of undocumented students from an Arizona high school and shows their perseverance and ingenuity to win a NASA- and ONR-sponsored underwater robotics competition. President Obama filmed a 1-minute introduction to the documentary and hosted a screening at the White House to a group of 100 students during National Robotics Week.

by   -   April 15, 2015

YuMi+is+the+world’s+first+truly+collaborative+robot2

ABB leapt into the collaborative robotics space at the Hannover Messe trade show by launching their two-armed YuMi robot and simultaneously announcing their acquisition of German startup gomTec, whose one-armed co-bot was a hit at last year’s AUTOMATICA.

by   -   April 13, 2015

2014_Sales_go_through_the_roof

2014 was another record year for robotics. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) estimates that about 225,000 robots sold in 2014, 27% more than 2013’s best-year-ever record.

by   -   April 13, 2015

Amazon_PrimeAir

In a 9-page legal letter, with 28 itemized conditions and limitations, the FAA issued an exemption to Amazon to enable Prime Air to test in US airspace.

by   -   April 10, 2015

ardrone2_1

Previously known for consumer products for smartphones, tablets and cars, Paris-based Parrot recently branched into both the consumer and commercial drone businesses.


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