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Multi-Institutional Study Demonstrates Improved Surgical Outcomes With Robotic Surgery
08/14/09 — First multi-institutional study links shortened operative times, minimal blood loss, decreased length of hospital stays, a dramatic reduction in surgical complications and reduced recovery times for those women with endometrial cancer who underwent robotic surgery. More than 40,000 women are diagnosed with endometrial cancer every year in the United States,…

Insitu’s ScanEagle UAV Achieves 200,000 Operational Flight Hours
08/11/09 — Insitu’s ScanEagle extends its record for operational flight hours, surpassing 200,000 hours. Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced today that its ScanEagle recently surpassed 200,000 operational flight hours, marking a significant milestone in the long-endurance, tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry. Since 2004, well-established processes and…

Bluefin-12 AUV Chosen to Facilitate University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Test Bed
07/29/09 — Massachusetts based manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) contracts with University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Lab for research AUV. Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), has been contracted to provide a Bluefin-12 AUV to the University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Lab (OTL). The vehicle…

QinetiQ Robots Deal Should Help Cut Transport Delays
07/28/09 — QinetiQ secures two year contract currently covers incidents within Greater London where acetylene gas cylinders are thought to be involved in a fire and surrounding counties, but national coverage is possible with additional funding and extended call out times. Following a successful series of trials, QinetiQ is now working alongside…

Zappos.com Expands its Kiva Order Fulfillment System to Accommodate Growth
07/28/09 — Leading Internet retailer stays one step ahead of unit volumes by deploying ‘just in time’ pick-pack equipment. Kiva Systems, a developer of breakthrough mobile robotic solutions for warehouse automation, announced that leading online retailer Zappos.com has purchased significant additional capacity for its Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System. Zappos first installed Kiva’s…

EWI Signs Agreement With Recognition Robotics For Welder Training Systems
07/23/09 — Companies sign development and collaboration agreement for advanced welder training systems. EWI has announced an agreement with Recognition Robotics, Inc. to collaborate on the development and commercialization of interactive welder training systems. The new technology takes training to the next level by monitoring torch positions and arc data while welding,…

GeckoSystems’ GeckoScheduler Manages Timely Tasks for Mobile Robots Date and Time Scheduling System
07/20/09 — GeckoScheduler date and time scheduling system enables mobile robots to timely and repetitively provide verbal reminders. GeckoSystems International Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO) announced that they have completed the prototyping and development of their mobile robot date and time scheduling system, GeckoScheduler™ 1.2. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile…

Aethon Releases Newest Robotics Operating System That Enables Greater Range of Applications
07/15/09 — Advanced OS gives Aethon the ability to accelerate market penetration and increase its dominance in mobile robotic solutions for hospitals. AETHON®, Inc., the leading developer of mobile robotic solutions for hospital supply chain logistics, announced today the release of its newest robotic operating system – TUGOS 6.5, which will significantly…

Panasonic Announces Pharmacist Robot, Plans for $300M Robo-Business
07/14/09 — Executives at Panasonic Corp. have said the company is developing a robot designed to reduce the amount of time pharmacists spend dispensing injectible drugs to the wards of the hospitals in which they work. The robot, which looks like a rolling medicine cabinet, according to a Panasonic spokesperson, contains the…

RoboSoft Demos Rehab Robot for Elderly
07/14/09 — French robotics and automation manufacturer RoboSoft has introduced a home-assistance robot designed to assist in home care of the elderly. RoboLAB10 comes in two versions—one designed to supply physical assistance to elderly patients who have difficulty moving themselves or doing physical tasks around the house. The other is designed to…

CMU Spinoff Designs Robot for NASA Moon Digger Contest
07/07/09 — Astrobotic Technology Inc. has begun testing the robot it built to win a NASA competition to develop the most effective excavator for missions to the moon. The winner of the NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge, which will take place Oct. 17 and 18 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon…

The Droid Works Receives Grant to Develop UAV Indoor Navigational Technology
07/02/09 — The Droid Works, iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner’s stealth robotics company, has been awarded an SBIR Phase 1 grant to develop technology to enable search-and-rescue UAVs to navigate indoor environments. Since iRobot co-founder and former board chairman Helen Greiner left iRobot this past February to pursue other interests (she is still…

MobileRobots Inc. Announces First Service Robot Technician Training for Technical Schools
07/01/09 — Developer of robot platforms and autonomous foundations offers service-robot technician training curriculum supporting service jobs critical to robot industry growth. MobileRobots Inc announced the first service-robot technician training curriculum designed especially for technical and career colleges. The program teaches students to customize robot applications and to install and maintain robots.…

FANUC Introduces Intelligent Assembly Robot
06/09/09 — FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced a new intelligent assembly robot. The M-1iA is a lightweight and compact six-axis, parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking and assembly applications. The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional assembly robots. The robot can be installed…

Schilling Sells Two Heavy ROVs to OceanWorks
06/09/09 — Schilling Robotics, LLC has announced the sale of two UltraHeavy-Duty (UHD) remotely operated vehicles to OceanWorks International, Inc. OceanWorks will build the UHDs into two of its own systems that will include electric-drive ROV winches and handling equipment. The 150 HP ROVs will be paired with Schilling’s XE tether-management system…

Energid Technologies to Control Innovative Drilling Robots for Seabed Rig
05/29/09 — Seabed Rig AS has licensed technology and contracted with Energid Technologies Corporation to create a robot control system for its next-generation automated drilling and exploration platforms. Seabed Rig AS is developing a new autonomous drilling rig that operates in ultra deep water and arctic environments.  Unlike traditional surface operations, the…

Precise Path Robotics Named “Innovation of the Year”
05/29/09 — Precise Path Robotics, an Indianapolis-based company, earned the award “Innovation of the Year” for its RG3 robotic greens mower by TechPoint’s MIRA Awards, the premier technology awards program in the state of Indiana. | Presented by Indiana technology association TechPoint, this MIRA award honors the business, organization or individual that…

Bluefin Robotics and ING Engineering Inc Announce AUV Partnership for Canadian Market
05/29/09 — Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a developer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with ING Engineering Inc. of Ottawa.  Under the agreement, ING Engineering will sell and provide selected after-sales service support on the full range of Bluefin Robotics’ AUVs.  The agreement highlights the emergence of AUVs…




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