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Korea Puts $750M in Robotics, Aims to Lead Market by 2018
04/20/09 — The government of South Korea has promised to invest 1 trillion Won (about $750 million U.S. dollars) in the country’s robotics industry in an attempt to accelerate its growth. The goal is to help the global robotics market grow to more than $30 billion by 2013 and to help Korean…

Bluefin Robotics Lands U.K. Distribution Deal With Global Marine
03/31/09 — Autonomous underwater vehicle maker Bluefin Robotics Corp. has announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement for distribution of its products within the U.K. with Global Marine Systems Co. Ltd. Global Marine will sell, service and provide training for Bluefin AUVs. Bluefin supplies a range of AUVs in varying sizes,…

Snake-arm Robots to Conduct Reactor Pipe Inspection
02/13/09 — OC Robotics awarded a contract from Ontario Power Generation for a snake-arm robot to inspect pipes in nuclear reactors. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has awarded a contract to OC Robotics to design and build a snake-arm robot mounted on a mobile vehicle that will be used to inspect complex pipework…

Canadian Organizations Receive $2.8 Million Funding Boost for Development of Intelligent Systems
02/12/09 — Precarn, an independent, non-profit company that supports the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies, announces funding for six first-of-their-kind innovations. Ottawa-based Precarn Incorporated announced $2.8 million in funding to promote the research and development (R&D) efforts of six first-of-their-kind intelligent systems projects in Alberta.  Under the program, which is administered by…

i-LIMB Hand wins Prosthetic Product Innovation Award
01/06/09 — Scotland’s Touch Bionics receives accolades for their i-LIMB Hand at Limbless Association’s Prosthetic Product Innovation Award gala dinner.  The i-LIMB Hand is a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first commercially available bionic hand, announced today that its i-LIMB Hand product has…

California Polytechnic State University Orders an Iver2 AUV
12/22/08 — OceanServer Technology to provide Cal Poly with a Iver2 AUV including the VectorMap mission planning and data presentation tool. OceanServer Technology, a leader in next generation autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology, announced that California Polytechnic Institute (Cal Poly) has agreed to purchase an Iver2 AUV for research purposes.  The order…

KUKA Robotics Introduces New Food Series Robots
12/14/08 — The new KUKA Food Series Option is available on a variety of robots designed for packaging and palletizing application, including KR 40 PA, KR 50 PA, KR 100-2 PA, KR 180-2, PA & KR 150. These units offer robotic solutions from 2-axis packaging, 4-axis palletizing, and 6-axis palletizing & handling.…

Estonian Ministry of Defence to Acquire Two Hydroid REMUS 100 UAVs for the Navy
12/12/08 — Sophisticated sensor and navigation capabilities found in Hydroid’s REMUS UAVs required to accomplish mine countermine (MCM) tasks. Hydroid, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) announced that the Estonian Ministry of Defense has signed a contract to acquire two lightweight REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).  As a…

Hobart Birmingham and Taft Symonds Join Schilling Robotics Board of Directors
11/30/08 — Schilling Robotics, a producer of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for underwater use, adds experienced investment, as well as oil and gas industry, experience to its Board of Directors. Schilling Robotics, Inc.  announced the appointment of Hobart “Hobey” Birmingham and Taft Symonds to its Board of Directors.  Schilling, a leading global…

Energid Technologies and Mo­bile Robots Inc. Preview Ad­vance in Mobile Manipulation Robots
11/30/08 — Energid and Mobile Robots partner to provide autonomous navigation and advanced robotic tele-operation in a single platform code-named Dactyl. Energid Technologies and MobileRobots Inc gave robot developers at the second annual national RoboDevelopment conference in Santa Clara CA a sneak preview of their new semi-autonomous mobile robotic manipulation system.  The…

NASA Hearing Daily From Weak Phoenix Mars Lander
11/05/08 — NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has communicated with controllers daily since Oct. 30 through relays to Mars orbiters. Information received over the weekend indicates Phoenix is running out of power each afternoon or evening but reawakening after its solar arrays catch morning sunlight. The fraction of each day with sun above…

iRobot Delivers 2,000th PackBot Robot
11/05/08 — PackBot Continues to Keep Warfighters and Public Safety Professionals out of Harm’s Way iRobot Corp. (Nasdaq: IRBT) today it has delivered 2,000 PackBot robots to the U.S. military, public safety organizations and a variety of international customers. Born out of an initial research initiative with the Defense Advanced Research Projects…

Agilysys Announces Partnership with Evolution Robotics Retail
11/04/08 — IT solution provider Agilysys to resell Evolution’s LaneHawk loss-prevention product, as well as provide installation, integration support services. As a certified installation provider of LaneHawk, Agilysys is able to not only deliver the Evolution Robotics Retail hardware and software, but can also provide integration directly to the point-of-sale system and…

NASA Ames Collaborates to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander
11/03/08 — NASA Ames Research Center is collaborating with a commercial partner to develop a lunar lander for future low-cost missions to the moon. Under the terms of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement with Odyssey Moon Ventures LLC, Henderson, Nev., NASA Ames will share its small spacecraft technical data and expertise with…

Applied Robotics Announces New Meat Gripper
10/30/08 — Applied Robotics moves into news markets with a new pneumatic meat gripper adheres that to all food production cleaning requirements and is manufactured with extremely light weight materials approved by the FDA and USDA. Applied Robotics Inc., a leading global manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions, announced today…

iRobot to Acquire Nekton Research, LLC
09/30/08 — As a follow-up to its earlier announcement of a agreement with University of Washington to commercialize the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Seaglider technology, iRobot has agreed to acquire Nekton Research a developer of unmanned underwater vehicles. With the second announcement, iRobot makes clear its strategic push into maritime systems. iRobot…

Natural Partners Evaluates Evaluating RoboDynamics’ TiLR Robotic Telepresence Platform
09/30/08 — RoboDynamics has announced the addition of Natural Partners Inc to the growing list of companies evaluating the TiLR Robotic Telepresence platform. With the robot TiLR, users can instantly transport themselves to a remote location thereby eliminating travel and downtime. RoboDynamics announced today the addition of Natural Partners Inc. (NPI) to…

RoboDynamics Installs First Telepresence Robot TiLR at the X PRIZE Foundation
09/30/08 — RoboDynamics is an innovative robotics company that develops enterprise Robotic Telepresence platforms such as TiLR. By using TiLR the X Prize Foundation is shifting the paradigm of face to face communications whereby a person can now transport himself instantly to their offices without actually being at their office. This new…




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