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Humanoid Robot Works Side by Side With People
05/22/12 — ScienceDaily — The first robots reached the world of industry over 60 years ago. Since then, for security reasons, they have performed their work isolated in cages, and that prevented collaboration between workers and machines. The research centre Tecnalia Research & Innovation is embarking on a new era by incorporating…

Furby is Back!
05/18/12 — Hasbro—It's been nearly seven years since the Gremlin-like, adoptable Furby last hit toy shelves. After a lengthy hiatus, Hasbro is planning on bringing back the fuzzy, interactive doll this fall. In a recent Q1 earnings call, Brian Goldner, CEO, Hasbro, said that Furby, first introduced in 1998, would make a…

Satellite Housecalls By Robotic Space Doctor
05/17/12 — Space Mart & Popsci—Aside from a couple particularly nasty collisions, dead satellites comprise the bulk of our planet’s space junk problem — as they die, get fried by radiation and become zombies, or are decommissioned, there’s nowhere for them to go. ViviSat aims to change that by servicing satellite swhere…

KUKA Robotics Joins Up With AMRC
05/15/12 — KUKA  is seeking to become involved in order to offer greater technical support to the AMRC’s future automation projects after being chosen to supply a number of robots for various research programs. KUKA robots are currently being used at the center for a project headed by Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems…

Affordable 3D Printers Hit The Market?
05/09/12 — Lem from RobotsDreams—iheartengineering headquarters in Brooklyn has managed to build a rapidly expanding business around the print-on-demand model and unique product designs. Besides their abundant creativity, the heart of their business is a first generation MakerBot 3D printer that manufactures parts as orders come in the door (or over the…

FMC Technologies Completes Acquisition of Schilling Robotics
04/26/12 — FMC had previously announced its intention to purchase the remaining outstanding shares of Schilling and increase its ownership to 100 percent. Schilling is a leading producer of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), ROV manipulator systems, control systems and other high-technology equipment and services for oil and gas subsea exploration and production.…

Rodney Brooks on Robots, Technology and the Future
04/25/12 — MIT News—Brooks’s “lips are sealed,” as The Economist put it last week, about what exactly he and Heartland Robotics are up to in a converted warehouse in South Boston’s Innovation District. But venture capitalists have already gambled $32 million on the premise that whatever it is they produce, it’s going…

Millionaires’ Club to Fund Robotic Space Missions
04/25/12 — Phys.org—A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits. The mega-million dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals like platinum and gold out of the lifeless rocks that routinely whiz by Earth.…

Robot Cargo Ship Docks in Space
04/24/12 — An unmanned Russian supply ship arrived at the International Space Station Sunday (April 22) carrying tons of fresh supplies in an Earth Day delivery for the orbiting lab's crew. The robotic Progress 47 cargo ship docked with the space station at 10:39 a.m. EDT (1439 GMT), ending a two-day flight…

Polaris Expands Robotic Pool Cleaning Line
04/20/12 — SAN DIEGO, CA—Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. is introducing two new models, the Polaris 9400 Sport and Polaris 9100 Sport, to its Polaris advanced Sport Robotic pool cleaner line for the 2012 pool season. The two new models complement the company's popular Polaris 9300 Sport and 9300xi Sport models, and share…

Neato Robotics Inc. Raises $12.2 Million
04/20/12 — Neato revealed the bare bones of its venture round in early April via a regulatory filing, but gave full details today in a press release. The Newark company makes automatic vacuum cleaners and is working on other devices for household chores. Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GMBH and Noventi Ventures of…

Quantum International Corporation Nears New Robot Deals
04/19/12 — Quantum International Corp., an emerging robotics innovation company, expects to sign agreements with new targets for potential acquisition or joint venture in the next few weeks after conducting preliminary due diligence on a group of U.S.-based robotics developers. Currently, Quantum has shortlisted several early-stage companies creating robotic tools for use…

Earnings Report for 1Q2012 for Intuitive Surgical
04/11/12 — SUNNYVALE, CA--Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG), the leader in operative surgical robotics, will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss First Quarter 2012 results, Tuesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Dial-in numbers: United States: (800) 230-1059 International: (612) 234-9959 This call is being webcast by Thomson Reuters and…

Where No Robot Has Gone Before
04/09/12 — Huffington Post blogger Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux calls himself “the first second-generation astronaut,” and his credentials offer ample proof. A video game entrepreneur who is the son of an astronaut, Garriott bought his own ticket to the International Space Station. He’s a board member for the X-Prize Foundation and…

Are Airborne Systems Next for ReconRobotics?
04/09/12 — EDINA, MN—ReconRobotics, Inc., engaged in the design and development of micro-robot systems for defense and law enforcement, announced today that it has acquired Xollai LLC, a systems engineering firm with a broad base of intellectual property in automated guidance technology, optics-based autonomous control systems, and image processing and recognition. The…

National Robotics Week, April 7-15
04/06/12 — BEDFORD, MA--Celebrating U.S. innovation in robotics, the third annual National Robotics Week will take place April 7 - 15. Designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), National Robotics Week serves to increase public awareness about the growing importance of robots in education, industry and the…

New PZH-plus Long Stroke Gripper Introduced
03/26/12 —   When components of different sizes have to be handled alternately, conventional centric grippers quickly reach their operational limits. In order to cover the whole spectrum of components, gripper fingers or complete grippers have to be exchanged over and over again. SCHUNK offers a highly efficient alternative: the innovative Long…

Kiva Systems to be Acquired by Amazon
03/20/12 —   Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced late Monday that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems, Inc., a leading innovator of material handling technology. “Amazon has long used automation in its fulfillment centers, and Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing the products directly to employees…




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