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News & Analysis
Parker Hannifin Moves Forward with Indego Exoskeleton
Intuitive Surgical: da Vinci Robot Revenue Down 59%
Modular Robotics: A Scrappy Approach to Educational Robots

Ekso Bionics Establishes Ekso Labs R&D Division
The move is intended to further develop intellectual property through engineering contracts and research grants from government organizations and industrial partners. (March 31, 2014)

From Disability to Ability: Can Robotics Make the Leap?
Making the next-generation prosthetics both available and affordable. (March 30, 2014)

Robot Solar Panel Installers 20x Faster Than Traditional Methods
“We developed a system for constructing the power plants very quickly and with a very small workforce,” (March 29, 2014)

Is Robotic Milking a Viable Option for Farmers?
Researchers expect 20% of cows in Europe to be milked by robots in 2020. A new project is testing the economic viability of integrated cow grazing and robotic milking systems. (March 29, 2014)

Elbit’s Hermes 900 Drone to Secure World Cup in Brazil
The Brazilian Air Force purchased on Hermes 900 drone from Elbit Systems to conduct "safety and security missions" during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games in Brazil. The Hermes 900, which features a new and advanced intelligence-gathering system, will be supplied within two months. (March 28, 2014)

Europe’s First Drone Test Flight Center Opens
Europe's first flight center specifically designed to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) opened in Spain. The ATLAS (Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced unmanned Systems) facility is suited for light/medium drones and can handle UAVs up to 12-meter wingspan. (March 28, 2014)

Autonomous Ships: Inside the Unmanned Bridge of the Future
VTT and Rolls-Royce Marine release their vision of autonomous ship's bridge, where ship captains in 2025 will use heads-up displays to turn the bridge into an augmented reality control system. (March 26, 2014)

Exoskeleton Startup Cyberdyne Surges in Trading Debut
Cyberdyne, a maker of exoskeletons, had a strong debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market for start-ups, surging 159% to close at 9,600 yen. It was the second-best first day performance among Japan IPOs in 2014. (March 26, 2014)

Robbie the Robot: Personal Assistant for Limbless Teenager
A prototype of Robbie the Robot, designed to assist a teenager born without limbs with everyday tasks, has been unveiled by Trinity College Dublin. Robbie the Robot was built on a budget of $69,100. (March 25, 2014)

Call for Presenters: RoboBusiness 2014
Do you have a unique, detailed and innovative presentation to share at RoboBusiness 2014? Deadline to enter is March 31. (March 25, 2014)

S. Korea Buys $814M of Northrop Grumman Global Hawks
South Korea plans to buy four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircrafts to monitor North Korea. The first delivery must occur by 2018. (March 24, 2014)

From BIM to Build: “Roboticization” and the Automated Jobsite
Robot reality on the construction site is in gradual “roboticization. (March 23, 2014)

Blue River Reaps $10M in New Funding for FarmBot
Weed-hunting algorithms stalk lettuce fields (March 23, 2014)

UK’s Deep-Ocean Robot Faces Atlantic Test
Long-range robo-sub on 30-day sea trial off Irish coast (March 21, 2014)

British Robotics Aims for Revival
Britain has long lagged behind many other nations in robot development and application (March 20, 2014)