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News & Analysis
First Drone Test Site Ready
Intuitive Surgical Revenue Drops 24% in Q1 2014
3D-Printed UAVs Complete Preliminary UK Trials

Computer Scientist Developing Intersections of the Future to Serve Fully Autonomous Vehicles
The system, which employs AI driver agents (the autonomous vehicles) that “call ahead” and reserve a space and a time at an approaching intersection, might also have applications in factory and warehouse settings. (February 22, 2012)

Another ROS Milestone
Robot Operating System continues its march toward becoming industrial robotics’ platform of choice (February 22, 2012)

From Bone to Brontosaurus
You can use a 3D printer to create just about anything, even robotic dinosaurs... (February 22, 2012)

Researchers Develop DNA Nanorobot to Trigger Targeted Therapeutic Responses
Inspired by the mechanics of the body's own immune system, the technology might one day be used to program immune responses to treat various diseases. (February 20, 2012)

Australian Scientists Develop Atom-Sized Transistor
The development may yield the elementary building block for a future quantum computer, which might give unprecedented processing power to robots operating beyond the range of cloud-based services (e.g., in space or underwater). (February 20, 2012)

Analyst Outlook
Fast, Brainy Robots and a Fistful of Patents
The Pleasanton, CA-based Adept, provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile products and services, has a number of strong cards to play for 2012: the fastest robots, for one; then the truly brainy concept of putting the intelligence “inside” the robot, thereby reducing the footprint of the robot/manipulator/controller system; and now the announcement at MODEX 2012 in Atlanta about their new line of “easily operated” robots. As Rush LaSelle, vice president and general manager of mobile robots, enthuses, “This product solves an array of material handling challenges in a manner permitting deployment and operation by non-technical personnel." (February 20, 2012)

Analyst Outlook
MAKO Skirts Adverse Scrutiny
MAKO Surgical Corp., a medical device company, markets its advanced robotic arm solution and orthopedic implants for orthopedic procedures in the United States and internationally. MAKOplasty, introduced in 2011, is MAKO's patented RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which is designed to support a surgeon's ability to more accurately align and position a hip implant. (February 20, 2012)

Analyst Outlook
Up the Down Elevator for iRobot
After its dramatic stock plunge, why are analysts recommending it as a buy? For one thing, iRobot has no debt and a Price-Earnings Ratio of 16 due to the 21 percent decrease in its stock price. (February 20, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Robots Among Us
Consumer Robotics Knocking at the Front Door (February 18, 2012)

Scientists Test MRI Controllable Pill
Mini-robot as an endoscopic capsule to deliver drugs or perform laser surgery. (February 17, 2012)

Miniature Robot Removes Stomach Cancer From Within
Researchers in Singapore have created a miniature robot to remove early-stage stomach cancers. (February 17, 2012)

iRobot Invests $6 Million in InTouch Health
Investment established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms. (February 17, 2012)

Army orders 1,100 micro-robots for $13.9 million
Largest order in the 6-year-old company’s history. (February 17, 2012)

Google Acquires CleverSense
Google has acquired mobile app maker CleverSense. a learning AI with a natural language processing front-end - and the developer of the popular Alfred personal assistant app for an undisclosed amount. Fear that Apple’s Siri “could provide a new paradigm for searching the Web that circumvents Google’s search engine and ads” may be the reason.The first language processing front-end made available to developers by either Apple or Google will be a windfall for human-robot communication systems development. (February 17, 2012)

SIPP International Industries, Inc. (SIPN) Adds to Short-Term Accounts Receivables
Receivable comes in the form of a note secured by the Intellectual properties to patents, trademarks licensing agreements, etc. (February 17, 2012)