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#RoboBusiness Day 1: Computing to change from transaction processing to cognition processing

"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 bu...
24 September 2015, by

1,407 FAA exemptions for UAS

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,...
21 September 2015, by

Video: Qualcomm demos Snapdragon Flight for smaller, lighter camera drones

The Snapdragon Flight developer platform had its first public demo today at Qualcomm's Robotics Accelerator event, Techstars Demo Day. Designed specifically for the consumer drone market, Snapdragon F...
10 September 2015, by

Former DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt to direct Toyota’s new $50M robotics investment

In a surprise move today, Toyota held a press conference (see video below) announcing a substantial investment in robotics and AI research to develop "advanced driving support" technology, with forme...
04 September 2015, by

BUDDY goes into final hours of crowdfunding at +500% of goal; announces new US offices

BUDDY, the world's first affordable companion robot, has reached a crowdfunding milestone. With just hours to go on the BUDDY crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, backers have contributed over $501,63...
04 September 2015, by

Price wars: Counting the cost of drones, planes and satellites

One of the main advantages of drone-based imaging touted by both manufacturers and service providers is its low cost compared to competing technologies like airplanes and satellites. But a simple Inte...
03 September 2015, by



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Robot Launch 2015 – Robohub Readers’ Pick round two

This month, Robohub readers can vote for the "Readers' Pick" startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we're publishing 10 videos from our Top 30. Our ultimate Robohub Readers’ Favorite...
19 August 2015, by

194 Chinese robot companies

In 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 the...
18 August 2015, by

Google Alphabet: Is it good for robocars?

Everybody has heard about Google’s restructuring. In the new setup, Google X, which includes the self-driving car division, will be a subsidiary of the new Alphabet holding company, and no longer pa...
14 August 2015, by

Japanese telcos vie for share in consumer robot-as-a-service business

View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday a second Japanese telecommunication firm entered the consumer robot-as-a-service market when the state-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NT...
29 July 2015, by

Is all the hype about drone commercialization clouding our judgement?

The 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 ...
28 July 2015, by

Robot as marketing strategy: Bosch takes a bet on Rotimatic’s consumer flatbread maker

First it was robot vacuum cleaners; now it's robot kitchen appliances. Robots are back in the popular imagination as household helpers, and industry seems to be taking a bet on leveraging that int...
22 July 2015, by

WeRobot 2015 Panel 2: Robot passports, with Anupam Chander

Anupam Chander’s paper, “Robots, the Internet of Things and the future of trade,” is the first effort to locate and analyze these complimentary technologies within an international trading frame...

Swiss-based ABB to manufacture robots in US

Robot manufacturing started in the US in 1961 when 26 Unimates - the first industrial robots - were made and deployed at a GM factory in Ewing, NJ. But, over the years, manufacturing and manufacturers...
24 May 2015, by

Shadow Robot’s Dexterous Hand can do more than cook up a storm

The Shadow Robot Company has been perfecting its robot hands for almost two decades, but it took just a short demo by the world’s first robot chef last month to propel this small, London-based start...
07 May 2015, by

Competition heats up for consumer-friendly aerial photography drones

Competition is fierce in the world of consumer drones these days, especially among companies marketing products than can produce pro quality video and photography without having to hire a drone ...
06 May 2015, by and

Competing robotic warehouse systems

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 atte...
01 May 2015, by

FAA exemption permits drones for oil and gas inspections

Sky-Futures, a UK-based company offering drone inspection services to the global oil and gas industry, through their Houston office, was awarded an FAA exemption allowing their drones to fly in US air...
17 March 2015, by

EG Robotics: Building a robotics ecosystem in Egypt

Expanding into emerging markets brings with it a specific set of challenges for designing products and services. Not only do cultural differences play a role in what, how, and why customers behave the...
03 March 2015, by

Foxconn begins selling noodle-making robot

Early in 2014 Foxconn invested $25 million in Fu Jiang Robot Technology, a Shenzhen robot maker which had a dough-slicing device that was beginning to sell....
28 February 2015, by

Empowering startups’ global reach

Innorobo’s call for start-ups has just closed and 25 semi-finalists from around the world will now be reviewed by a jury of experts to select the five winners. The winners will pitch to investors...
18 February 2015, by

Raffaello D’Andrea on the future of robotics

Raffaello D’Andrea’s robots can do amazing things: play soccer and ping-pong, perform complex choreographed acrobatics in the air, build towers brick by brick, and move pallets around warehouses. ...

Why drones are good for business

Drones have made a huge splash over the last couple of years and grabbed a lot of headlines. This has mostly been due to strong consumer products coming onto the market from hardware manufactures s...
20 January 2015, by

Who will buy your bot? End user opportunities

Unless robotics is just a hobby, commercial and funding opportunities should be at the forefront of every developer's mind and at the root of these are the end users and their needs. But who are the e...
16 January 2015, by

Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators

Canada’s relatively favorable framework for commercial UAV operations is attracting interest among foreign operators who are frustrated with restrictions in their home jurisdictions. The following p...
12 January 2015, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: Weekly Roundup 12/8

At the Center for the Study of the Drone In 2007, Addie Wagenknecht started using drones to make abstract paintings. Her works both challenge and celebrate the aerial robot and its power. In an in-...

MecklerMedia launches RoboUniverse

MecklerMedia, a trade show organizer, is launching a new three-day, two-track workshop, seminar and exhibition on most verticals in robotics (other than heavy industry, military and space) to be held ...
24 November 2014, by

Are agricultural robots ready? 27 companies profiled

Agriculture is one of our most important industries. It provides food, feed and fuel necessary for our survival. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production...
12 November 2014, by

Rethinking iRobot, Samsung and Dyson robotic vacuum cleaners

At a break in a conference in San Diego, I was sitting enjoying my tea, when up walked Rodney Brooks (of Rethink Robotics and Baxter fame) and said (with a mischievious smile): I have a bone to pick ...
29 October 2014, by

Skyward announces first commercial drone network demonstration | SUAS News

http://vimeo.com/109968038 SkyWard, a leading software platform for the aerial robotics ecosystem, today announced the Urban SkyWays Project, the first end-to-end demonstration of a commercial dron...
28 October 2014, by







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