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South Fulton Medical Center First in Georgia to Purchase Prosurgics’ Laparoscopic Camera Controller
01/21/10 — Producer of surgical robotics products provides Georgia medical center with FreeHand advanced surgery technology designed for minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery. Surgical robotics company Prosurgics announces the first sale of a FreeHand laparoscopic camera controller in Georgia. Supporting the Atlanta metro area, the South Fulton Medical Center is a modern facility…

GeckoSystems Employs Sensor Fusion in Elder Care Robot Trials
01/21/10 — Developer of mobile service robots systems employs proprietary sensor fusion technology in CoreBot personal companion home care robot, currently undergoing in-home trials. GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO) announced that their suite of sensor fusion technologies is instrumental in their ongoing world’s first in home personal companion robot trials for elder…

Harvest Automation, Inc. Receives $4.0M Series A Financing
01/11/10 — Founded by robotics industry veterans, Harvest Automation, a maker of materials handling robots, has secured $4M in Series A financing from investors Life Sciences Partners, MidPoint Food & Ag Funds and The Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation. Harvest Automation, Inc., a robotics company developing solutions for material handling, today announced that…

Luna Innovations and Intuitive Surgical Expand Relationship
01/10/10 — Luna and Intuitive will be extending their development and supply agreement to further develop Luna’s advanced shape sensing and position tracking systems technology for Intuitive’s robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery products. Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA) announced that it will be extending its development and supply agreement with Intuitive Surgical, Inc.…

NASA to Check for Unlikely Winter Survival of Mars Lander
01/10/10 — The Phoenix Mars lander is not expected to have survived he harsh Martian winter, but NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter will attempt to lock onto Phoenix’s signal and gain information about the lander’s status, and if successful, to determine what capabilities Phoenix retains. Beginning Jan. 18, NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter will…

Carnegie Mellon Engineers Develop Machine That Visually Inspects and Sorts Strawberry Plants
12/20/09 — CMU researchers combine machine vision and intelligence to develop agricultural solution that formerly could only be accomplished manually. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have developed a plant-sorting machine that uses computer vision and machine learning to inspect and grade harvested strawberry plants and then mechanically…

GE Aviation and AAI Perform First Trajectory-Based Flight on Unmanned Aircraft System
12/19/09 — Using a GE commercial certified flight management system, AAI’s Shadow unmanned aircraft performs first demonstration flight of UAS operating in the US national airspace. GE Aviation and AAI Corporation, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Army performed the first “proof of concept” flight demonstrations of an…

GeckoSystems’ Elder Care Robot Trials Reveal Grandma’s Hearing Loss
12/16/09 — In-house evaluations uncovers voice synthesis inadequacies, since resolved in upgraded CareBot personal companion home care robot. GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO)—announced that they have recently improved their voice synthesis capability due to insights from their in home personal companion eldercare robot evaluation trials. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the…

Scarlet Knight Underwater Robotic Glider Crosses the Atlantic
12/09/09 — Launched in New Jersey in April 27, 2009, and after 7,389km and eight months (221 days) at sea, Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knight reaches Spain on December 09, 2009 becoming the first underwater robot to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The Scarlet Knight, the first submersible robot glider to cross the Atlantic,…

Touch Bionics Unveils World’s First Bionic Finger
12/09/09 — Developer of i-LIMB Hand releases ProDigits, powered bionic fingers that can be operated using two control strategies that will be custom-designed and fabricated by clinicians to suit each individual’s specific needs. Touch Bionics, developer of advanced upper-limb bionic technologies, announced the commercial launch of ProDigits, the world’s first powered bionic…

MAKO Surgical Launches New Knee Resurfacing Application
12/04/09 — MAKO Surgical, developer of the RIO robotic-arm interactive orthopedic system for minimally invasive orthopedic knee procedures, has added an application for lateral unicompartmental knee resurfacing, bringing the number of robotic knee applications to three. MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq:MAKO), a medical device company focused on marketing its advanced robotic-arm solution and…

Carter Signs UAS License Agreement with AAI
11/27/09 — Carter Aviation and AAI Corporation sign 40 year exclusive licensing agreement for unmanned aircraft systems using Carter’s Slowed Rotor/Compound (SR/C) aircraft technology. Carter Aviation Technologies LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX announced that they have completed negotiations with AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company,…

Tibion Receives TÜV Certification for PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis
11/26/09 — Global provider of technical, safety and certification services certifies wearable device that supplements muscle strength to enhance rehabilitation therapy and provide mobility assistance for those patients with loss of muscle function. Tibion, a provider of bionic devices for rehabilitation and mobility, announced today it has received TÜV certification for its…

NASA Selects Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic Technology for Two Moon Robot Contracts
11/26/09 — NASA selects Astrobotic Technology for excavation robot proposal under its Small Business Innovation Research program and lunar-gravity simulation proposal under its Small Business Technology Transfer program for a total $199,850 that may lead to Phase II awards totaling $1.2 million. NASA selected Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon University for two…

Titan Medical Signs Development Agreement With CAE Healthcare for Amadeus Surgical Robot
11/24/09 — Companies to develop requirements for surgeon console to meet FDA standards and to study ways to integrate CAE Healthcare’s simulation and modeling technologies into Titan Medical’s Amadeus surgical robot. Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced that it has signed an agreement with CAE Healthcare for various services related to the…

US Naval Air Warfare Center Personnel Fly Zephyr
11/23/09 — QinetiQ’s solar-powered Zephyr multi-payload concept unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed to fly for up to three months, at the US Army’s Yuma proving ground in Arizona. QinetiQ’s Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Arizona, when a joint US/UK…

RoboMatrix Partners With Anybots, Inc. to Provide Telepresence Robot Rental and Distribution
11/23/09 — RoboMatrix receives distributor rights to introduce Anybots’ QB telepresence robot rental service to the Japanese and Taiwanese markets. RoboMatrix, a division of Innovation Matrix, Inc., a leading distributor of robotic, motion control, and automated systems today announced its partnership with Anybots, Inc., of Mountain View, California, the leading pioneer in…

da Vinci Approved in Japan
11/20/09 — Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare approves Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), a producer of surgical robotics, announced that it has received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to allow marketing of its da Vinci S System in Japan.…




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