Event News

On Sept. 27, 2017 RoboBusiness hosted its annual Startup Pitchfire event -- a must-attend for leading investors, robotics entrepreneurs, and innovators alike. Attendees were granted a first glimpse at exciting new technologies and emerging companies, as eight startup hopefuls each received five minutes to pitch to a panel of judges including investors and robotics experts, as well as a packed room of RoboBusiness attendees..


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The Most Important Event of Its Kind in the World   RoboBusiness, the event that pioneered and championed the robotics industry, has announced the full agenda for its 13th conference and expo, which will take place on September 27-28, 2017, in Santa Clara, California. This year's program has a strong focus on helping attendees apply automation to their business needs. In addition, new attractions and networking opportunities make this Silicon Valley event a must-see for anyone developing or using robotics, artificial intelligence, or unmanned systems.


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Partner Announcement

The Importance of Accessibility in Robotics

September 21, 2017

For too long the idea of implementing a robot within the workplace has seemed far-fetched for the many small business owners of the world. Whether it is concerns with affordability or issues with usability in the physical work environment, the idea of implementing a robot in the day-to-day has always seemed just a little out of reach. Until now. At Stanley Robotics, we have embraced an “accessibility-first” approach to developing the next generation in autonomous mobile robots. Our team of robotics engineers have worked diligently to architect a turnkey autonomous mobile robot capable of making an immediate impact — no matter if it’s a manufacturing facility of a Fortune 500 company or a small warehouse in a family-owned business. 


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — What if collaborative robots didn’t just stop at collision but avoided collisions altogether? And while doing that kept performing the task they set out to do? That’s the premise for Universal Robots’ new demonstration at RoboBusiness 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif. On Sept. 27 and 28, a UR5 robot arm will pick “widgets” out of a feeder that moves around and is dynamically tracked by the vision-guided cobot. Using a wand, attendees will be able to “tame” the robot, prompting it to avoid the wand while attempting to reach the widget.


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Editor’s Note: ams AG will be speaking about and demonstrating its next-generation magnetic position sensors at RoboBusiness 2017, which will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sept. 27 and 28. Over the past couple of years a new set of end markets and applications have begun to drive the requirements and set the standards for higher performing position sensors. This has been particularly evident with magnetic position sensors, where suppliers of these types of sensors have responded to the siren calls and have begun to introduce new products specifically tailored for the rapidly growing robot and drone markets.


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What is the future of American robotics leadership? MIT, DARPA, and Google continue to lead the world when it comes to advances in artificial intelligence, military robotics, and many other technologies. However, these organizations are now operating in a world where the U.S. is no longer the only center of gravity. Alternatives have popped up in the form of Baidu, SoftBank, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and more. In an age where the U.S. finds increasing competition in fields it created, such as AI, American robotics leadership may come down to factors we’ll see at RoboBusiness 2017. The conference will be an opportunity to see how U.S. businesses are thinking and what policies to create.


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India has its “Make in India” strategy, China has “Manufacturing 2025,” and Europe has its Horizon 2020 projects. To see what the U.S. is up to, you should attend RoboBusiness U.S. next week. These and other government initiatives reflect a new push by nations and regions to invest in, develop, and use robotics and artificial intelligence to grow their economies and geopolitical influence. Several countries have recognized automation as crucial to their futures, so there has never been a better time for officials from around the world to pay attention to this industry. At RoboBusiness 2017 in Santa Clara, Calif., you can see firsthand how robotics, AI, and unmanned systems are taking off.


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Joanne Pransky, associate editor of Industrial Robot, recently sat down with Dr. Howie Choset, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and chief technical officer at the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute.  Choset is perhaps best known for robotics collaboration to develop snake robots and other devices for use in healthcare and exploration. Choset has B.S. degrees in engineering and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and he obtained his master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and robotics from the California Institute of Technology. Since 1996, Choset has been a professor of robotics at CMU and director of the CMU Biorobotics Lab. He is also director of CMU’s undergraduate major and minor of robotics.


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Event Announcement

RoboBusiness VC Office Hours Connects Startups & Investors

September 15, 2017

RoboBusiness is accepting registrations from robotics startups to meet with leading investment companies at the second annual VC Office Hours. Scheduled 15-minute meetings will take place throughout RoboBusiness, which will be held Sept. 27-28 in Santa Clara, CA at the Santa Clara Convention Center. RoboBusiness is the event that pioneered and championed the robotics industry and is the only event with the credibility and vision to point confidently to where the market is moving. Thousands of executives, engineers, investors, startups and robotics experts from around the world will convene to develop critical partnerships, get a first look at the latest technology, and build robotics strategies that can be immediately put to use.


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Not only is industrial automation still rapidly growing, but the enabling technologies of robotics, artificial intelligence, and the cloud are contributing to a new wave of excitement among innovators, investors, and most importantly, business users. Tend.ai CEO Mark Silliman will be addressing this intelligent manufacturing convergence at RoboBusiness 2017, which will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sept. 27 and 28. Silliman has been the CEO of three previous tech startups, including a successful exit in December, 2015. He has been involved in the robotic development community for more than five years. Here, Silliman describes how technology is reshaping intelligent manufacturing, providing a preview of his session on “What Do Big Data, IoT, and the Cloud Mean for Robotics Use?“


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In just two weeks, RoboBusiness 2017 will convene in Santa Clara, Calif. In addition to the exclusive CRO Summit, a strong roster of industry-leading speakers, and the annual Pitchfire startup competition, attendees should look forward to programming recently unveiled for the Expo Theater and Startup Stage. Wednesday highlights On Sept. 27, both full conference attendees and day visitors will be able to see firsthand how innovations for space exploration are related to robotics and drones here on Earth.


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At RoboBusiness 2017 in two weeks, speakers, attendees, and exhibitors will be discussing how to use robotics and AI to best serve business needs. The combination of improved processing power, cheaper sensors, and the capability to share and analyze data is leading to a new applications. Ted Larson, CEO of OLogic Inc., will be speaking on “Using Sensors, Data, and AI for Predictive Maintenance and Reducing Downtime.” For more than a decade, Larson has led OLogic in robotics and consumer electronics projects in Silicon Valley and beyond. Prior to that, he founded the Urbanite Network, a Web server content publishing company for media customers, and he has worked at Hewlett-Packard, Iomega, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Here, he discusses his career trajectory, challenges facing the automation market, and the future of industry.


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Author and geopolitical expert Abishur Prakash is a consultant at the Center for Innovating the Future. He’s also a frequent contributor to Robotics Business Review. At RoboBusiness 2017 on Sept. 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, Calif., he’ll be speaking about cyber security,  robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. Here, he discusses his areas of expertise — cyber security and international robotics — and gives a preview of his session.


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There are several reasons why robotics OEMs choose the technologies and components they do for inclusion in their systems. In every case, the goal is to meet or exceed the specifications for the robot as conceived, engineered, and designed. However, there are cases such as robotics controls where specifications go beyond functional reality and modifications or compromises are often made. In the end, the objective is to deliver a robot that the vendor is proud to brand, that target markets enthusiastically accept, and where product reliability and quality remain high and meet expectations without question. In short, the goal is to provide a best‐in‐class robotic system. After all, the goal of the robot supplier (or integrator in some cases) is to generate revenues and profits as originally perceived.


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Charlene Stokes is the Director of the Human-Machine Social Systems Lab at the MITRE Corporation, where she researches the social dynamics of human-machine interaction, as well as trust in autonomy. RoboBusiness, now in its 13th year, will include informative sessions, an expo hall of top vendors, and networking events for robotics suppliers and end users. At the conference, which is on Sept. 27 and 28, 2017, in Santa Clara, CA, Dr. Stokes will be taking part in the session “Refining Human-Machine Interfaces.” What got you interested in robotics and artificial intelligence, and how is it connected to your work regarding Human-Machine Interaction? My mentor at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Dr. Jim Overholt, and the Director of the Yale Social Robotics Lab, Professor Brian Scassellati. I’ve been doing trust in autonomy research for AFRL since 2005, with a focus on the social dynamics of humans interacting with technology.


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Robotics Business Review recently reached out to Justin Ha, Director of Solutions Design at DHL Supply Chain. Justin has over 8 years of experience in supply chain, as well as experience in researching robotics, drones, AGVs, augmented reality, and supply chain networks. Robotics and automation are continuing to change how supply chains are structured, and how goods flow throughout them. However, Ha believes that even more changes are to come as mobile autonomous robots are improved, and as robotics companies better address the needs of their end users.


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In the News

Why Can’t Smart Manufacturing Be Simple?

August 29, 2017

Manufacturing as we know it is changing more quickly than ever. We’re in the midst of a perfect storm of technological opportunity within the industry, with increased demand for manufactured goods, a reduced workforce of available labor to meet that need, and an influx of exciting new smart manufacturing advancements that are making robots more affordable and flexible than ever before.


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The North American industrial automation market is growing at a healthier-than-expected rate, according to a report released last week by the Association for Advancing Automation, or A3. While it’s easy to assume that automotive manufacturing is already a heavy user of robotics, the recent growth demonstrates that there’s still plenty of room for adoption across industries.


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Among the autonomous systems that you’re most likely to see in your daily life in the near future are the delivery robots from Starship Technologies. Two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, started the Estonia-based company in 2014. The New York Times has described Starship‘s ground vehicles as “a glimpse of the future.” Starship is an RBR50 company, and its autonomous six-wheeled robots stand 2 ft. tall, weigh 40 lb., and travel at just 4 mph. A coding enthusiast since the age of 10, Henla is also Starship’s CEO and chief technology officer. He was also a co-founder and chief technical architect of KaZaA, plus eight other start-ups.


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Press Release: BARCELONA, Spain — Ingenia’s Triton Servo Drive is an ultra-light and ultra-compact solution designed to be integrated in a motherboard or backplane as a component. The Triton drive is the result of a collaboration by Ingenia Motion Control with several robotics companies. Triton provides top performance, advanced networking, and built-in safety, as well as a fully featured motion controller. The Triton can control multiple motor types and supports almost any feedback sensor including absolute serial encoders.


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RoboBusiness is proud to announce that Melonee Wise, CEO of RBR50 company Fetch Robotics, will deliver the closing keynote at RoboBusiness 2017 (Sept. 27-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.). Wise’s keynote, “The Future of Intelligent Automation,” will reflect on the biggest lessons learned from RoboBusiness. Wise will also share her vision of how AI and robotics will continue to evolve and reshape industry and society in the near term.


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RoboBusiness 2017 is a prime opportunity to learn from industry leaders such as Daniel Theobald, co-founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna Robotics. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company provides end-to-end automation solutions for supply chain, hospital, telepresence, and security uses. Vecna, whose motto is “Better Technology, Better World,” is an RBR50 company as well as one of the top robotics employers in Massachusetts. Theobald is a co-founder and president of MassRobotics, a consortium devoted to helping local startups and international organizations develop, test, and commercialize their products and services in the state.


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Is the world ready for an arms race including intelligent missiles? Job fears have led to truck drivers, a significant portion of the U.S. workforce, to start pushing back against driverless vehicles. And the country with the highest robot density, or number of robots per 10,000 human workers, uses tax policy to slow its pace of industrial automation. Robotics Business Review has teamed up with me to bring you this roundup of noteworthy developments in global robotics, unmanned systems, and artificial intelligence. Are you ready to be updated?


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What will new technologies, including robotics, mean for countries around the world? This is the focus of Abishur Prakash’s book, Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs (Technology). In it, he combines deep research, pointed questions, and forward-thinking scenarios to paint a brand-new picture of the future. Prakash predicts that business fortunes and geopolitical affairs will be defined by technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.


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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — ULC Robotics Inc. said it has advanced the state of the art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after a successful flight test for its newly developed vertical takeoff and landing fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. ULC is a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company, and its commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV was specifically developed to meet the inspection needs of electric and gas utilities.


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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — RoboBusiness is excited to announce this year’s opening keynote speaker: Dr. Martin Buehler, Executive R&D Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development. Buehler leads the robotic character exploration and development initiative for Disney’s theme parks around the world. This unique role combines the artistry of animation with cutting-edge engineering and science to create lifelike characters. Buehler’s keynote, “Elevating Business with Advanced Robotics,” will include insights from his prolific career. He will describe how businesses can benefit from thinking beyond a robot’s core function or practical application and taking a more creative approach with end users in mind. Drawing on recent examples of his team’s work at Walt Disney Imagineering, Buehler will share how it has enhanced robotic characters to create deeper and more meaningful connections with Disney theme park guests.


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The industrial use of robotics has been, up to this point, one of the most profound ways that automation has impacted an industry. As production lines have become automated and robots have become more skilled, businesses have been forced to seriously consider adding robots to their workforce. RoboBusiness reached out to Georg Stieler to share some of his thoughts on the robotics and automation industries, as well as the industrial use of robotics, new applications for AI and machine learning, and the differences between the robotics industries in China, Germany, and the U.S.


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In the News

How to Achieve Smart Manufacturing

August 07, 2017

In the 1970s and 80s we witnessed a revolutionary wave of productivity improvements in manufacturing. New technologies, including personal computers (PCs), numerically controlled (NC) machines, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), combined with new process improvement ideas like Total Quality Management (TQM), Just-In-Time, and Six Sigma yielded new levels of productivity and efficiency in many manufacturing industries.   In this decade, we are seeing a convergence of technologies and process improvement initiatives of a similar scale with the potential to radically improve the way manufacturers thread processes and systems in the enterprise and the way they deliver customization and services to customers.


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RoboBusiness is pleased to announce that Silvio Savarese, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and director of the SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research at Stanford. The Computational Vision and Geometry Lab (CVGL) at Stanford, directed by Prof. Savarese researches the "theoretical foundations and practical applications of computational vision."


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Featured Session

RoboBusiness Speaker Q&A: Abishur Prakash

July 25, 2017

RoboBusiness reached out to Abishur to share some of his thoughts leading up to his session at RoboBusiness. Abishur will be speaking in the session Robotics and IoT Security Concerns, which will focus on the challenges of keeping robot controls and data secure against the threat of potential hackings or security breaches. 


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If you’re thinking about hiring a robotics engineering firm to turn your business’ robot dreams into reality, you probably already have some strong ideas about what you want your final product to be. But choosing the wrong technological path or the wrong partner can lead you down an expensive, time-consuming path to a “solution” that meets neither your needs nor your goals. Follow these tips to make the most of your partnership with your robotics engineering firm and increase your chances of success.


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Robots as a Service (RaaS) is a new business model for the robotics market, with its roots in a proven business model from the enterprise software market in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS). The defining feature of an “as-a-service” business model is in how the customer consumes the service provided, how this consumption is metered and how they pay for that service. SaaS involves the delivery of software based functionality hosted in the cloud. In a similar fashion, several robotics vendors are now providing RaaS to their customers.


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In the News

Working With Partners to Adopt Robotics

July 18, 2017

Most organizations will need help, whether it's for assessing their ability to use robots, bringing robots into their operations, or servicing them. Many suppliers and integrators offer help in the form of robotics as a service (RaaS). You also need to make sure that existing business partners are ready for automation and have interoperable systems.


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ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands -- RoboBusiness Europe and TUS Expo, which have established themselves as the premier robotics and unmanned systems events in Europe, plan to build on the success of the 1st International Robotics Week in next year's events. Robo Business Media has announced that it has chosen the city of Rotterdam as the location of RoboBusiness Europe and TUS Expo 2018. 


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Over the last 50 years the cost of labor in manufacturing has risen steadily, and the willingness of many people to perform highly repetitive tasks on assembly lines has decreased. Over the same period the equivalent hourly cost of robot labor has steadily declined. Human labor turnover in U.S. manufacturing averaged 16% in 2016 according to a Compensation Force survey, and overseas contract manufacturing’s average turnover is 20 to 30% a year, imposing both a high training and quality cost. Also, in the U.S. labor productivity in the manufacturing sector has stalled over the last few years; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it was -0.6% in 2015 and 0.2% in 2016.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Universal Logic Inc. today announced a large customer order of 60 Neocortex® robot cells for automated order fulfillment of consumer goods.


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Event Announcement

VIDEO: Why Attend RoboBusiness?

July 05, 2017

Be a part of the most important robotics event in the world. RoboBusiness is the only event that meets the needs of the entire robotics ecosystem. Join thousands of executives, investors, engineers, startups and robotics experts from around the world as they learn from one another and build robotics strategies that can be immediately put to use to grow their businesses and stay ahead of the competition. Need more reasons to attend? Check out all that RoboBusiness 2017 has to offer:


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RoboBusiness is the pioneering event of the global robotics industry and the only event that meets the needs of the entire robotics ecosystem. Over 2,000 executives, engineers, investors, startups and robotics experts from around the world will convene September 27-28 in Santa Clara, California for this 2-day conference and expo designed around advancing business with automation and AI. Attendees will develop critical partnerships, get a first look at the latest technology, and build robotics strategies that can be immediately put to use.


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Google has ended one part of its foray into robotics with a deal to sell Boston Dynamics, maker of the BigDog quadruped and Atlas humanoid robots, to Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank Group Corp., known for its Pepper robots. SoftBank will buy Boston Dynamics, led by CEO and founder Marc Raibert, as well as Japanese bipedal robotics company Schaft, from Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. under the deal announced Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.


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SANTA CLARA, CA (June 5, 2017) – RoboBusiness is the event that pioneered and championed the robotics industry and is the only event with the credibility and vision to point confidently to where the market is moving. Thousands of executives, engineers, investors, startups and robotics experts from around the world will convene September 27-28 in Santa Clara, California to develop critical partnerships, get a first look at the latest technology, and build robotics strategies that can be immediately put to use.


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At AUVSI Xponential here earlier this month, the drone industry’s ongoing shift from military and consumer offerings to commercial applications was clear. Intel Corp. has moved from making chips to sensors and now complete drone offerings. Intel drones demonstrated the company’s commitment to new markets at the show. “This is the biggest movement in the industry,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president of the New Technology Group and general manager of the new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Segment at Intel. “The opportunity is easier to understand, as drones for commercial inspections and delivery provide a clear benefit.”


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Precision motion-control technology expert Cone Drive Operations Inc. this week said it is thrilled to further expand the reach of its new Harmonic Solutions ® product range into the Asia market at the Shanghai International Modern Industrial Intelligent Equipment Exhibition (SIA) in May 2017. The Traverse City, Mich.-based company had successful commercial launches in the U.S. at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in September 2016 and Europe at Motek in October 2016.


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RoboValley in the Netherlands isn’t just a knockoff of Silicon Valley in the U.S.; it’s a role model of how a regional technology hub (in this case international robotics) can take advantage of local competencies. For decades, from New Zealand to Norway and China to Chile, people from all over the world have been visiting the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose. They all wanted the same thing: the formula that makes Silicon Valley successful.


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Last fall, a team of British technology experts successfully completed a second mission aimed at deepening ties between the U.K. and Taiwan robot sectors.


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Automation is inescapable in the news, but we need to take the time to put business and technical developments into wider perspective.


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DELFT, the Netherlands — Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics Inc., aided in the kickoff of RoboBusiness Europe here this week by sending a call to action to all roboticists to continue innovating.


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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., and DELFT, the Netherlands — EH Media announced today that its Robotics Division will merge with TUS Expo to form the new global entity Robo Business Media. This merger creates the largest events events and media company for robotics in the world. The Robotics Division of EH Media brings with it its two leading digital publications — Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends — as well as the long-standing and highly regarded RoboBusiness conference.


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Robotics process automation, or RPA, is all the talk among companies looking to optimize efficiency and improve quality in many back-office functions.


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As more predictions about impact of automation on jobs come out, how can we sort out science fiction from fact?


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CHICAGO — Many companies are set in their ways and may take some convincing before automating processes that have traditionally been done by humans.


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While robotic assistance systems are available for most types of surgery today, eye surgery used to be an exception.


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CHICAGO — Robotics can provide companies with cost savings, better production efficiencies, and other benefits.


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Back in 2013, an Oxford Martin School study stated that 47% of U.S. jobs are “at risk” from automation.


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Smart machines are no longer over some distant horizon; they’re nearly within reach.


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The idea of a universal basic income is growing in popularity worldwide, from Canada and Finland to India and beyond. Why?


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CHICAGO — Sustainability is entering all areas of the automation business, and the advancements are not just for environmental purposes.


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Vecna Technologies Inc., which has been quietly developing mobile and telepresence systems, today announced its new logistics robotics division.


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Joanne Pransky, associate editor of Industrial Robot, talked recently with Mitchell Weiss, chief technology officer of Seegrid Corp.


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International robotics is more than just a scattering of researchers, manufacturers, and end users around the world.


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Fetch Robotics Inc. has added two new offerings to its Freight line of mobile robots.


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More than 400 manufacturing and supply chain technology and service providers will gather next week in Chicago at Automate 2017 to present an up-close view of the drivers transforming and moving these segments toward a realized Industry 4.0.


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RightHand Robotics Inc., which has developed robotic systems for e-commerce order fulfillment, has raised $8 million in Series A funding.


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Blue Workforce A/S, a Danish robot company making a lightweight industrial robot for pick-and-place operations, has received funding from a Chinese investor.


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China is working to become the leader in artificial intelligence, while Israel uses military drones, and German companies specialize in industrial robot arms.


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A lot of science fiction, from Star Trek and Ex Machina through Westworld, makes it seem like human-level artificial intelligence is around the corner.


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The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs has proposed the creation of regulations for the legal status and safe operation of autonomous machines.


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Smart cities will depend on the Internet of Things to monitor and react to changes in transit, utility use, and their residents’ behaviors.


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Many educational robots are little more than remote-controlled toys or very basic programming tools, while most industrial robot arms are too high-powered — and too expensive — for small shops.


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Intel Corp. yesterday announced that it would buy machine vision company MobilEye NV for $15.3 billion.


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InVia Robotics Inc. recently released its Dynamic Automated Storage and Retrieval System, which is designed to efficiently deliver goods to people within warehouses.


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ODENSE, Denmark — Universal Robots A/S, which announced its favorable financial results this week, is offering robotics training at its Universal Robots Academy to help encourage adoption of collaborative robots.


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Universal Robotics Inc. last week announced the expansion of its labor-replacement line of Neocortex Goods to Robot (G2R) Cells.


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ODENSE, Denmark — The demand for collaborative robots is strong, particularly in Europe. Proof can be found in the explosive growth of Universal Robots A/S since the company launched its first cobot in 2008. In 2016 alone, UR’s revenue reached an estimated 662 million Danish krone ($94 million U.S.) and delivered a profit of DKK 92 million ($13 million) before tax, reflecting the booming cobot market. Universal Robots‘ revenue has increased at a rate of 60 to 90 percent each year, from $5.6 million (DKK 40 million) in 2011 to $59.3 million (DKK 417 million) in 2015, according to Denmark’s Central Business Register.


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The widening adoption of industrial automation has led to fears of job losses and unequal distribution of wealth. In response, some robotics proponents have talked up the benefits of reshoring manufacturing and service functions, and others have suggested a universal basic income.


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Vancouver, British Columbia-based Genesis Robotics, a spin-off from engineering firm Genesis Advanced Technology, is rolling out what is presented as a breakthrough innovation


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The automotive industry has been among the very first to embrace emerging technologies. Practically every month, automakers invent new ways to make vehicles and their own mass production more efficient.


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As fears of automation continue to be stoked worldwide, some pundits have responded with proposals for a universal basic income. But what are the numbers behind UBI schemes, and do they add up?


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In the News

Reasons Why 2017 Will Be the Year of Robotics

February 23, 2017

2016 was such a great year for robotics. A lot of progresses were made in various fields, and more and more people have started to realize how robotics can improve work, education, and life.


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Vecna Technologies Inc., parent company of VGo Communications, has selected Dwight Moore as VGo’s new Chief Executive Officer.


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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Fritz Faulhaber, a pioneer in high-precision micro motor and drive systems, died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 68.


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In the wake of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit with new President Donald Trump, many observers have been speculating about how Japan’s trade and military relationships with the U.S. will change and how they will affect the rest of Asia.


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In the News

MassRobotics Opens Boston Startups Space

February 17, 2017

Silicon Valley might be the best known regional hub for innovation and high-tech, but it has no shortage of competition in the U.S. or worldwide.


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In the News

Argo AI Gets Picked Up by Ford for $1B

February 16, 2017

Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for its autonomous vehicles due in 2021 — and for potential license to other companies.


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On Sept. 8, 2016, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) found themselves in a standoff. For more than six hours, they had been trying to coax a suspect out from behind his makeshift barricade in a field. Finally, they sent in a law enforcement robots to get a better idea of what they were dealing with.


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RAMAT GAN, Israel — Intuition Robotics Ltd., developer of social companion technologies, today announced funding from strategic investor iRobot Corp. and equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd.


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According to the Robotic Industries Association, the North American industrial automation market has been growing at a healthy rate.


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Last December, Amazon.com Inc. stunned the world. It announced Amazon Go, a radical concept for the online giant — physical stores enabled by robots in retail.


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The robotics start-ups to come out of Willow Garage have been very competitive in the industry. From the Robot Operating System to personal robot PR2, the research and development to come out of the laboratory and incubator have influenced all of robotics.


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Like the Internet, innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly affecting the global economy and society. Now is the time for venture capital funding to flow to tomorrow’s technology leaders.


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Joanne Pransky, associate editor of Industrial Robot, recently sat down with Gianmarco Veruggio, head of the Genoa Operational Unit of the Italian National Research Council Institute of Electronics, Computer, and Technical Engineering (CNR-IEIIT).


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If you’re all droned out and think you’ve seen just about every robot in the skies, look again.


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One of the biggest hurdles to more widespread supply chain automation is the ability to manipulate a wide variety of objects.


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E-commerce operations continue to grow at a solid pace, but a majority of warehouse logistics tasks are still primarily accomplished through manual labor.


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It has been a little over a year now since Omron Corp. acquired Adept Technology Inc., and the time has passed quickly for the industrial and mobile robot maker.


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Mexico’s manufacturing has made the country one of Latin America’s powerhouses for innovation and technology.


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President-elect Donald Trump’s stated focus on protecting, creating, and returning jobs to the U.S., particularly in manufacturing, offers both opportunities and challenges for Association for Advancing Automation’s (A3) stakeholders.


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LAS VEGAS — 2016 was a good year for all three panelists at the “Delivery Robots Knocking at Your Door” session at the Consumer Electronics Show here this month. Each innovator in the first session of the Robotics Conference at CES 2017 has taken a different route to delivery robots, but their technologies and markets are maturing fast.


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Robotics is a serious business, encompassing industrial automation, healthcare applications, military strategy, and much more. It can be a serious problem when robots don’t meet performance expectations.


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Starship Technologies, which has been testing robotic delivery of packages in nearly 60 cities worldwide, got an endorsement today from Daimler AG.


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As populations age worldwide, older people are often isolated because of health and mobility problems and difficulty with using new technologies.


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