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$18.867 billion paid to acquire 50 robotics companies in 2016

2016 was a banner year for acquisitions of companies involved in robotics and automation: 50 sold; 11 for amounts over $500 million; five were over a billion. 30 of the 50 companies disclosed trans...
06 January 2017, by

2016: the best year yet for funding robotics startups

2016 was a busy and abundant year for seed, crowd, series A,B,C,D and VC funding of robotics-related startups. 128 companies got funded, some multiple times. $1.95 billion, 50% more than 2015 whic...
02 January 2017, by

Looking towards service robotics in 2017

Sophisticated household robots are only just starting to show up in our lives, but all the building blocks for a veritable “Cambrian explosion” of robotics are there, as Gill Pratt described it wh...
30 December 2016, by

White House report: Artificial intelligence, automation, and the economy

The White House released a new report on the ways that artificial intelligence will transform the US economy over the coming years and decades....
22 December 2016, by

The rise of China’s medical robotics sector

An emerging need China’s once abundant labor force has contributed to the country’s astonishing economic success in recent decades. But in the coming decades, the percentage of retirees relativ...
22 December 2016, by

Teledyne Technologies acquires British imaging sensor maker E2V Technologies

Teledyne Technologies, which specializes in deepwater gas and oil exploration and production, oceanographic research, air and water quality environmental monitoring, electronics design and developmen...
15 December 2016, by


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Robots may save the global economy

A recent article in The Washington Post by Morgan Stanley strategist and author of "The Rise and Fall of Nations" Ruchir Sharma, provides a nuanced overview of the issues of jobs, robots, productivi...
13 December 2016, by

Liquid Robotics acquired by Boeing Defense, Space & Security

In a move consistent with many other recent acquisitions of stars within the robotics industry, Liquid Robotics announced that they sold their company to Boeing's Autonomous Systems for Defense, Spac...
12 December 2016, by

Beijing World Robot Conference drew big crowds and notable speakers

The Beijing World Robot Conference (WRC), sponsored by Beijing City, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the China Association of Science and Technology, was held October 21-25. ...
07 December 2016, by

Latest release of Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR) for Horizon 2020 now online

Europe’s roadmap for robotics released its latest version on 2 December. The MAR is updated annually as priorities, technologies and strategic developments shape European research development and i...
07 December 2016, by

Self-driving cars, networks, and the companies and people that are stimulating development

Intel is establishing an autonomous driving division; hacker George Hotz is open-sourcing his self-driving software in a bid to become a network company; LiDAR and distancing devices are changing. Wh...
06 December 2016, by

ViDi Systems wins the Robot Launch 2016 competition

Vidi Systems from Switzerland is the overall Grand Winner of the 2016 Robot Launch global startup competition, beating out many US contestants in a field that included sensors, artificial intelligenc...
01 December 2016, by

November fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures

Seventeen robotics-related companies got funded for a combined total of over $225 million. Four more got acquired. Three went public to raise funds. And one failed....
01 December 2016, by

Robohub is a top 10 brand in robotics

  Yesterday, Onalytica released a report "Robotics: Top 100 Influencers and their Brands" that analysed interactions between robotics influencers and brands on Twitter over a period of 90 ...
01 December 2016, by

Where is robotic vision on the Hype Cycle?

I was reading Steve Blank's blog on machine learning start-ups yesterday, where he described how technical infrastructure innovations follow a Hype Cycle with characteristics defined by the Gartner G...
30 November 2016, by

Who did Robohub reader’s vote for in Robot Launch 2016?

We're delighted to announce that UniExo is the winner of the "Robohub Reader's Pick" in the Robot Launch 2016 global startup competition. Are Robohub readers on the same wavelength as our panel of VC...
24 November 2016, by

US auto industry installed 135,000 robots and added 230,000 jobs

In the last six years, (2010–2015), according to the IFR (International Federation of Robotics), US industry has installed around 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver is automation ...
24 November 2016, by

Let’s hope Trump does what he says regarding robots and robotics

In President-elect Trump's interview with the NY Times yesterday, when discussing jobs, closed factories and factories that may leave the country, he was asked: "Are you worried that those companies w...
23 November 2016, by

Two robotic stock IPOs coming to market

For the last few years, there have been very few stock IPOs (Initial Public Offerings). Promising companies have been acquired instead, eg: Kiva Systems and Universal Robots. But two robotics-relate...
22 November 2016, by

Why are some social robots selling well, whilst others are stalled or failing?

Amazon's Echo sales have exceeded 4 million and they are ramping up to sell 10 million in 2017; Google's Home has received positive reviews and have just begun selling in large numbers; but SoftBank's...
18 November 2016, by

Robot Launch 2016 – Robohub Readers’ Pick round three

For the next three weeks, Robohub readers can vote for their “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’ll be publishing 10 videos. Our ultimate Robohub Readers...
17 November 2016, by

Lofty goals crash land while B2B drones prosper

Key executives leaving (or were requested to leave) Goggle's drone delivery Project Wing; GoPro recalls all of its newly launched Karma drones and doesn't offer a replacement; DJI slashes prices. What...
15 November 2016, by

New U.S. Robotics Roadmap calls for regulation, research and education

A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document...
11 November 2016, by

Robot Launch 2016 – Robohub Readers’ Pick round two

For the next three weeks, Robohub readers can vote for their “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’ll be publishing 10 videos. Our ultimate Robohub Readers...
10 November 2016, by

Zoox raises $50 million for their stealthy Silicon Valley venture

Zoox, the secretive Silicon Valley startup working to build its own self-driving cars, has quietly raised $50 million (in October) in a Series A round led by Composite Capital Management, a Hong Kong...
08 November 2016, by

Clearpath Robotics launches “Warthog UGV”, the amphibious robot

Clearpath Robotics, a leading provider of mobile robotic platforms for research and development, has partnered with ARGO XTR to release Warthog – a large, amphibious, all-terrain mobile robot desig...
03 November 2016, by

Robot Launch 2016 – Robohub Readers’ Pick round one

For the next three weeks, Robohub readers can vote for their “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’ll be publishing 10 videos. Our ultimate Robohub Readers...
02 November 2016, by

October fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures

October fundings for robotics-related startups totaled $291.75 million bringing the year-to-date funding figure very close to $1.5 billion. For acquisitions, three of the six companies acquired report...
02 November 2016, by

The changing landscape of drone funding

CB Insights Drone Quarterly Financing Trends to VC-Backed Companies shows a downward trend. The Robot Report's monthly funding reports show something different: a change in the nature of drone applic...
26 October 2016, by

Who are the most active robotics investors?

You may be surprised, but I’m not. These are the people I see regularly both in Silicon Valley and overseas interacting with the robotics community. That makes them the smart money (most of the time...
19 October 2016, by and







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