Filling the void left by Kiva Systems’ 2012 acquisition by Amazon

In March 2012, in an effort to make their distribution centers (DCs) as efficient as possible, Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for $775 million and almost immediately took them in house. There was c...
14 April 2016, by

GreyOrange gets $30m for mobile robots

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....
14 August 2015, by

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

Dean Kamen, Raffaello D’Andrea RIA to receive 2015 Engelberger Robotics Awards | RIA

The robotics industry’s highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award, will be presented to Dean Kamen and Raffaello D’Andrea at a special ceremony on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois...
09 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. ...

Amazon Picking Challenge

In September 2014 Amazon announced the Amazon Picking Challenge, a new robot manipulation contest as part of the ICRA robot challenges. The idea was to take a difficult problem from the warehouse orde...
05 November 2014, by

MODEX: How quickly things change

At previous MODEX events - trade shows exhibiting the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies - Kiva had their own boothes. Big boothes with lots of people marveling at their...
18 March 2014, by

The robots behind your Internet shopping addiction: How your wallet is driving retail automation

When you're shopping for the best online deals you're probably not thinking much about the massive distribution network required to bring that pair of shoes to your doorstep. Is your quest for the bes...
25 February 2014, by

Big deals: What it means to have the giants investing in robotics

  If the world outside the robotics community didn't know about Boston Dynamics, Kiva and Nest, they do now. Recent robotics acquisitions and investments by major-league players like Google, Apple a...
12 February 2014, by

Forget the octocopter, let’s talk about Kiva

Given all the chatter on drones and automation, we thought it would be a good time to dive deeper into the Kiva opportunity and potential impact on leverage/margins. For the sake of our analysis, we t...
10 December 2013, by and

Amid drone talk, Amazon has real robots | Wall Street Journal Blog

Amazon got a lot of ink for its sci-fi drone delivery idea this week, but a more real and immediate robot effort underway in the Seattle retailer’s warehouses could save it as much as $916 million a...
09 December 2013, by

Filling a need… or feeding a diversion

  Today's robotics industry could use some strategic guidance, particularly in the area of healthcare.   It is clear to me that the next big markets for robotics are: SMEs (robot...
02 January 2013, by

Robot holiday season videos 2012 (continued)

Our colleagues at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL just sent us a fun video of Santa riding a fixed-wing robot and loosing a present. Luckily, the present can autonomously find its way to...
24 December 2012, by

Robot holiday season videos 2012 (continued)

More videos for the holiday season featuring robots have started to appear. This time, General Motors and Kiva Systems feature high-tech robots pretending to be "Santa's little helpers"....
22 December 2012, by

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