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Robotics January 8, 2017

Agricultural industry needs to become more vertical and automated

The agricultural industry is undergoing a transformation as demand increases. The industry will need to be more vertical and automated and robots will play a role in ensuring that it becomes efficient and less wasteful.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Workforce Development January 1, 2017

Robots’ impact on global economy projected to increase

An aging population and a slowly developing labor pool will produce a greater demand for robots, which may lead to a global shortage of robots as they become more common.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics October 15, 2016

Robotics industry: September fundings, acquisitions, failures

Additive manufacturing, exoskeleton robots, mobile robotics, and machine learning are among highlights in the September 2016 Robot Report with 13 fundings, six acquisitions, and four failures for robotic companies.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics September 11, 2016

August fundings, acquisitions, and failures in the robotics industry

The Robot Report reported 18 fundings, four acquisitions, and one failure involving robotic companies through the month of August 2016.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics August 24, 2016

July fundings, acquisitions, and failures in the robotics industry in 2016

While mergers and acquisitions are down overall in the robotics industry, July had several major acquisitions with automation and AI-related companies among the most notable.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety August 21, 2016

Signapore testing on-demand robot taxis

Delphi Automotive and NuTonomy will begin testing six phone-dispatched autonomous taxis in Singapore that will go point-to-point based on customer requests with a goal of providing no-driver-in-the-car service by 2019 and cars without steering wheels by 2022.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics July 23, 2016

June fundings, acquisitions, and failures in the robotics industry in 2016

There have been several major deals involving robotics companies in 2016 with Chinese companies pouring in a great deal of money to meet growing demand and a growing robotics industry.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety June 22, 2016

Tech group exploring the meaning of a robot

The Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington are exploring what it means to be a robot, which has business, legal, insurance, and safety considerations.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Mobility June 17, 2016

Industrial robot companies investing in the cloud and Big Data

Robot companies are starting to collect data about their operations and, through the use of deep learning, improve performance by connecting their robot systems and using deep-learning AI networks for their industrial robots.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics May 28, 2016

Artificial intelligence that programs itself to change the conversation

Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus demonstrated Viv, which is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics May 18, 2016

Filling the technology gap in the warehouse

Many startups and established companies are looking to fill the void after Kiva Robotics' technology, warehouse software systems, and robots were removed from the marketplace after they were acquired and absorbed into Amazon's business.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Mobility March 27, 2016

Collaborative robot companies are broadening their market and influence

Sales of collaborative robots (co-bots) represent just 5% of the overall robot market with projected sales expected to reach over $1 billion by 2020.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety March 6, 2016

Flying robots communicate, artificial intelligence used for data analytics

Executives from Intel and IBM talked about disruptive changes in purchasing thanks to developments in robotics and the cloud. Examples include unmanned robots flying in sync to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Watson changing data processing's nature from being transactional to cognitive.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety March 5, 2016

Self-driving vehicles a priority for automakers

Billions are being invested into making autonomous cars in the near future and several traditional and upcoming car companies demonstrated them at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics December 18, 2015

Strong growth projected for industrial robot industry

The IFR's World Robotics Industrial Robots review predicts that robot sales will double to around 400,000 by 2018 with the Asian market comprising more than half of all global sales.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety December 14, 2015

Business computing to focus more on cognition processing

Cognition processing will be at the forefront of business computing within 10 years, according to Robert High, the CTO of IBM's Watson Group, in his keynote speech at RoboBusiness.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics July 5, 2015

What’s hot in robotics? Four trends to watch

Four diverse trends are having a big effect on the robotics industry worldwide, and the global media and financial gurus are paying attention to the process.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics May 18, 2015

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 attempting to meet those needs.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Process Safety January 27, 2015

European Union contributing $87 million in European robotics projects

The EU, under Horizon 2020, the mechanism the European Commission is using to stimulate robotics-related research, has co-funded 17 new robotics-related projects.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics January 12, 2015

Chinese robotics market expected to have 40% annual growth

The continuing growth of robotics industry in China shows no signs of slowing down. They are used mostly in industrial settings, but they will soon be deployed in the service industry, as well.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics November 18, 2014

Are agricultural robots ready to meet production needs?

The general trend worldwide in agriculture is moving toward precision agriculture and automation to meet global productivity demands. As agriculture moves closer to full automation, it remains unclear what role robots will play in the industry.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Robotics September 30, 2014

Liquid robotics continues its growth-by-partnering

Sunnyvale-based Liquid Robotics continues growth by partnering formula by striking another collaboration, this time with Boeing.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Workforce Development September 16, 2014

Korean Yujin robot launches meal transport robot

Korean-based Yujin Robot just announced a meal-transport robot designed to operate in elder care and other hospitality and health care facilities.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Mobility September 2, 2014

Google’s secret drone delivery program

The Atlantic revealed the inside story of Google's two-year secret X-labs drone-delivery project in a detailed story by Alexis Madrigal.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report