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News & Analysis
Jibo to Reveal Secrets of Commercializing Social Robots
Six Values Re-writing Laws of Healthcare Robotics
RVT Capitalizing on Robotic Vision Systems

Hansen Medical Receives FDA Clearance For Magellan Robotic System
Hansen Medical, Inc., a developer of robotic technology for accurate 3D control of catheter movement, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Magellan Robotic System, including the catheter and accessories. The Company will commence commercialization at selected centers in the U.S. immediately, with a full launch expected later in the year. (June 04, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
New-wave Carpet Queens From Phillips, Neato, Samsung, Sharp, iRobot, Toshiba and Infinuvo
Sharp marketers invented the name Cocorobo by combining the Japanese words for “heart” (kokoro) and “robot”. The implication is clear, Cocorobo is more than just a robotic tool. It is something closer to the heart. (June 04, 2012)

RoboBees Bring Artisanship To Mass Production
A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. (June 04, 2012)

Robot Lumberjack Measures Up 300M Underwater Trees Worth $50B
$2 billion in valuable mahogany, ebony and other hardwoods awaits recovery. Triton’s submersible robotic lumberjack, Sawfish, can harvest such inaccessible or otherwise dangerous to harvest underwater forests. (June 03, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Deadly Aftermath: Robots Clearing Land Mines
Several companies are building robots for use by the military in former conflict zones around the world. (June 02, 2012)

Ekso Bionics Poised To Go Public?
Ekso Bionics' Ekso suits are performing in U.S. rehabilitation centers across the country. They have begun shipping to Europe, and CEO Eythor Bender is focused on the consumer market next. (June 01, 2012)

Adept’s Robot Tandem Co-stars in New Packing Role
Stationary and mobile: paired robot-to-robot interaction on display at AUTOMATICA 2012 (June 01, 2012)

Family Focus Purchases PCS Robotics Software For Chicago Youth
PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., a prominent distributor of K-16 programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), announced that Family Focus Inc., a Chicago-based not-for-profit, has purchased $48,568 worth of PCS Robotics programs. (May 31, 2012)

See You In 2014
An overview of AUTOMATICA 2012 from the event's organizers, information on 2013's "India Automation Technology Fair" (IATF) and what to expect at AUTOMATICA 2014 (May 31, 2012)

iRobot Receives U.S. Army Orders Totaling $6 Million
iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT has received two orders from the U.S. Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) totaling $6 million for the delivery of spares for iRobot 510 PackBot robots, including operator control units, manipulator arms and radios. (May 31, 2012)

Diffbot Earns $2M Endorsement From Web Leaders
Diffbot, based in Palo Alto, CA is a young company and a promising new form of visual learning robot technology targeted at Web developers. With a fresh, $2 million injection of capital, Diffbot is poised to revolutionize the way we use the Web, from online publishing to medical training. (May 31, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Trillions in Treasure Await Asteroid Miners
Rather than exploiting scarcity on earth, Planetary Resources plan to exploit the new opportunities that an economics of abundance could create. (May 30, 2012)

37% Increase In Robot Sales Worldwide Announced At AUTOMATICA
According to IFR Vice President Arturo Baroncelli, 165,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide in 2011. That is a 37% increase over 2010 sales. As robotic automation continues to increase efficiency and drive down production costs, IFR forecasts a more reduced growth rate that will reach another record high in 2012. (May 30, 2012)

Robocoaster And Universal Robots Joint Winners Of The 8th IERA Award At AUTOMATICA
The 8th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) was presented to Gino De-Gol, Robocoaster Ltd. and Esben H. Østergaard, Universal Robots during the IERA Networking Dinner at the AUTOMATICA on Tuesday in Munich. (May 30, 2012)

Universal Robotics’ Neocortex 3.0 Learns Like People Do
Currently, Neocortex enables a new level of automation in logistics. By enabling a robot, or any actuated machine, to react and adapt to its surroundings, it can perform tasks that are costly, dangerous or difficult for humans to undertake. (May 30, 2012)

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