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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   -   October 2, 2015

The newly released IFR's World Robotics Industrial Robots statistical review of 2014 (with projections through 2018) forecasts a 15% CAGR, thereby doubling the annual number of units sold to around 400,000 by 2018.

by   -   October 1, 2015


August and September equity fundings, joint ventures, acquisitions and venture funds continue the momentum exhibited throughout 2015 of serious money flowing into robotics startups.

by   -   September 28, 2015

We appear to be on the rising curve of a robot renaissance. There is almost continuous media attention; 2015 fundings are already double all of 2014; and the number of acquisitions has also doubled. Robots, robotics and robotic-like apps are entering our lives and workplaces everyday and everywhere.

by   -   September 28, 2015

Rethink Robotics displayed their new single-armed Sawyer robot at the RoboBusiness Conference and Expo in San Jose on Wednesday. It was Sawyer's first public outing and the crowd of over 1,600 was paying attention.

by   -   September 24, 2015
IBM’s Rob High chats with Nao during RoboBusiness 2015 keynote. Source: Robotics Trends via Twitter

“Cognitive computing will be to computing what transaction processing is today.” So said IBM’s Robert High in his keynote talk at RoboBusiness yesterday. In less than 10 years the volume of our business computing will change from transaction processing to cognition processing.

by   -   September 21, 2015
Quadrocopter drone
Quadrocopter drone

In May 2014, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began accepting petitions for exemptions to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commercially in civilian airspace. As of 1 September 2015, 1,407 of 2,650 petitions have been approved.

by   -   September 16, 2015


When Rob Cain replaced John Dulchinos as CEO of Adept Technology in February, 2013 he was charged with restructuring the company to either make it profitable to operate or make it valuable as a take-over. The latter happened today when Japanese OMRON announced plans to acquire Adept for $200 million.

by   -   September 14, 2015
image: InterDrone

Intel Capital invested $60m in Chinese drone startup Yuneec last month. At last week’s InterDrone conference and expo, one can readily see why: lots of interest, lots of people, and products that are becoming commodities.

by   -   September 7, 2015

Robotics-and-autonomous-systems-have-a-bright-futureIn two simultaneous launches last week, Toyota Motor and the UK RAS Group backed their previous statements regarding the imperative for robotics and AI development with money, roadmaps and strategic alliances.

by   -   September 1, 2015

Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley startup providing truck platooning technology, got $17 million from strategic investors after receiving $16M this April. Denso Intl. was the lead investor in both funding rounds.

by   -   August 28, 2015


The number of research reports covering the robotics industry has quadrupled in the last three years. We’ve previewed 38 thus far in 2015. The latest batch of 15 new ones cover a wide range of segments as well as the overall industry.

by   -   August 24, 2015


NY Times tech writer John Markoff traces the origins of the AI embedded in today’s virtual and physical assistants and suggests a humane way to proceed.

by   -   August 18, 2015

194-chinese-robot-companies2_1_1024_579_80In China, the robotics industry is booming. Companies are deploying thousands of robots in all types of factories, particularly in the auto industry. Chinese companies that manufacture robots and their components are also growing. This article focuses on the robot makers.

by   -   August 14, 2015
Co-founders of Grey Orange: Akash Gupta and Samay Kohli
Co-founders of GreyOrange: Akash Gupta and Samay Kohli

GreyOrange, an India and Singapore-based materials handling startup, has received $30m in equity funding to ramp up production of their Butler shelves-to-picker robot system.

by   -   August 6, 2015


This week saw fresh funding of $11.2m for Virtual Incision, a startup developing robotically assisted surgical devices, and another $11m for Jibo, the company founded by MIT Media Lab’s Cynthia Breazeal of Human Robot Interaction fame. Money continues to flow into robotics.