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Robert Morris is a former U.S. Army officer who led the first RQ-7 "Shadow" platoon in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he consulted to the Navy, primarily on unmanned systems issues with Deloitte Consulting. He is founder and CEO of the aerial imaging start-up TerrAvion. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business.
by   -   July 28, 2015

drone_cloud_thinking_judgement_storm_head_talking_conversation_communicationThe hype around the consumer drone industry is so thick that it clouds our judgement. It is as if our biggest boosters have forgotten what our technology stack really does, what it doesn’t do, and what it should do. 

by   -   January 7, 2014

Google_Lunar_X_PrizeWhat are they putting in the water in the Keystone state?  It turns out that Penn State Lunar Lions team announced plans to get launched to the moon as well.  They have made a deposit for a ride in the fourth quarter of 2015 through Team Phoenicia LLC.

by   -   December 9, 2013

The private space race is on! With the $40M at stake from the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) leading other private and pseudo-private investment, this is a real race. I, for one, love racing.  By foot, by beast, or by vehicle, racing is such a pure contest — so thrilling to watch with its progress and reversals. And this is a race to the Moon! The finish line is on the Moon!!  Everyone in the world whose heart is stirred by exploration and competition should be excited about this. We should be particularly excited about this at Robohub because this is the biggest ever private competition purse and it is for space robots!

by   -   October 26, 2013

On a rare overcast day in San Jose, RoboBusiness got down to business with keynotes and the general exhibition in full swing.  The morning held keynote speakers, breakouts in the afternoon, and then the iRobot cocktail reception.

The keynotes highlighted a couple of things that I thought were worthwhile.   First is that robotics is at the beginning of its journey.  Robotics is attacking markets and building companies, but the best is yet to come.

by   -   October 24, 2013

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‘Drones in agriculture’ has been a topic hot lately, but is it a real business?

As a former Army UAV platoon leader and a current founder of an aerial data collection start-up, I believe so, but when I first got back from Afghanistan, I did not see how drones could be a big thing in agriculture. WHY? I still do not see how the “pilotless app” makes a decisive difference in most civilian applications.  Yet as I expanded my view of a drone to be any flying network node — be it piloted or unpiloted, in the air or in space — I started to see how drone technology could deliver data that creates real value.

by   -   October 24, 2013

RoboBusiness started Wednesday, with mostly panels, although Robohub’s very own Andra Keay spiced things up quite a bit with a “Pitchfire” event showcasing robotics start-ups.  Two themes were very much present at the conference today: robotics as traditional industrial automation and robotics as a consumer electronics industry.

by   -   August 19, 2013

On August 6th, I had the honor of testifying in front of the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee on regulation of drones, by the state of California.  The committee is considering several bills that have been introduced on the regulation of drones particularly with respect to privacy and law enforcement use.

by   -   June 11, 2013

The definitive list of private funding in robotics–or at least the most widely cited is the Hizook VC Funding for Robotics list.  The list for 2012 is out.   Please help make it complete by adding a comment if you know of private funding for a robotics company that is not included.  I am certain that there are deals that are not included.

by   -   May 1, 2013

IntuitiveIntuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) is a prime example of how robotics is similar to other IP intensive industries like software, biotech, and entertainment.

In December my colleagues and I produced a valuation of Intuitive Surgical.  Below is a representation of our model of the asset structure of Intuitive Surgical in our forecast.  

by   -   March 26, 2013

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending VLAB: Drones – The Commercial Era Takes Off at Stanford GSB. The event was truly fantastic and the panel was amazing. The moderator was Chris Anderson, former editor at Wired and CEO of 3D robotics. I’m really struck by how much he has become the face of the commercial drone industry.

by   -   March 17, 2013

As a robotic warfare veteran, there are three common misperceptions about the use of robots in warfare that I’d like to address.

Misperception #1: There is some sort of ethical quandary or challenge in using robotic weapons.

There is no controversy about the legality or ethics of current and contemplated robotic weapons. The controversy is manufactured.  


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