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by   -   July 5, 2016

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First, the KION Group acquires Dematic for $2.5 billion. A week later, Honeywell acquires Intelligrated for $1.5 billion. KION acquires Retrotech and earlier still Egemin, while Kuka acquires Swisslog. What’s going on?

by   -   June 30, 2016

Tesla Motors autopilot (photo:Tesla)
Tesla Motors autopilot (photo:Tesla)

A Tesla blog post describes the first fatality involving a self drive system. A Tesla was driving on autopilot down a divided highway. For unknown reasons, a truck crossed the highway (something may have been wrong for that to happen.) A white truck body against a bright sky is not something the camera system in the Tesla perceives well, and a truck crossing perpendicular to you on the highway is also an unusual situation.

by   -   June 30, 2016

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Six months worth of funding deals thus far in 2016 indicate that investments in robotics – equity fundings, and acquisitions – are accelerating, particularly in big deals involving Chinese money.

by   -   June 29, 2016

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Industrial robots used to be dumb, somewhat inflexible, and mostly blind – but also fast, precise and very efficient.  As the cost of components, sensors and vision systems has been dropping, vision-enabled robots are becoming more prevalent and capable, and the industry is dramatically changing.

by   -   June 22, 2016
Source: IFR Statistical Department
Source: IFR Statistical Department

Worldwide sales of industrial robots set a new record: 248,000 units sold in 2015, 12% more than 2014. 66,700 units sold in China of which 20,400 were made in China.

Asia is still the strongest growth market with 156,000 units for the region, a 16% increase over 2014, but that figure is much lower than the 27% projected. The rate of growth of China-made robots penetrating the market also didn’t grow at the projected rate but it did grow at a healthy 31% rate.

by   -   June 17, 2016
Mercedes Benz autonomous concept car at the IAA 2015. Photo: VanderWolf Images/Bigstockphoto
Mercedes Benz autonomous concept car at the IAA 2015. Photo: VanderWolf Images/Bigstockphoto

What does that car of the future look like? There is no one answer; in this world, the car that is sent to pick you up can be tailored for your trip. The more people traveling, the bigger the car. If your trip does not involve a highway, it may not be a car capable for the highway.

by   -   June 15, 2016

In the 21st century, care will not only be centred around human needs but also around the needs of technology.

by   -   June 14, 2016
Source: IAI
Source: IAI

IAI’s RoBattle unmanned, heavy duty, highly maneuverable, combat and support robotic system (UGV) is being shown at the Eurosatory 2016 Land and Airland Defence and Security tradeshow in Paris this week.

by   -   June 13, 2016
Source: Google maps
Source: Google maps

The latest acquisition is Gimatic, an Italian pneumatic and electric grippers, sensors and positioners maker, by Agic Capital. The Financial Times reported the sale price to be between $112 and $169 million.

by   -   June 10, 2016

Brad Templeton discusses letting driving regulators create a special panel which can rule on driving ethics related questions.

by   -   June 9, 2016
Source: Youtube/Mi Drone By Xiaomi Inc
Source: Youtube/Mi Drone By Xiaomi Inc

Xiaomi, one of China’s star Internet, phone and electronics startups, develops cut-rate but reliable phones and consumer devices and markets them directly to consumers online. Their new HD drone starts at $380, and the 4K video model at $450. Both directly compete – at half the price – with DJI’s popular Phantom drones.

by   -   June 7, 2016

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Reports from Tesla suggest they are gathering massive amounts of driving data from logs in their cars — 780 million miles of driving, and as much as 100 million miles in autopilot mode. This contrasts with the 1.6 million miles of test operations at Google. Huge numbers, but what do they mean now, and in the future?

by   -   June 7, 2016
FANUC_R2000iB at work. Source: Wikipedia Commons
FANUC_R2000iB at work. Source: Wikipedia Commons

FANUC, the world’s largest maker of industrial robots, plans to start connecting 400,000 of their installed systems by the end of this year. The goal is to collect data about their operations and, through the use of deep learning, improve performance. Similarly, Kuka is building a deep-learning AI network for their industrial robots.

by   -   June 6, 2016

Young People In The Robotics Classroom

What is a robot? There are business, legal, insurance and safety considerations which make that definition important and the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington gave it a try with an interesting 6-minute video.

by   -   June 2, 2016

According to Remy Glaisner, CEO and founder of Myria Research, the future robotics revolution will significantly impact the C-Suite of business. As Robotics and Intelligence Operational Systems (RIOS) technologies scale up, companies will require more structured and strategic approaches to managing the implications of this global transformation on their verticals. Enter the CRO or Chief Robotics Officer.

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