PharmacyBot: Miracle Rx for Drug Errors
It’s not just manufacturing jobs and factory automation where robotics is having an impact replacing human toil, professional jobs, especially repetitious, boring ones, are also affected. And if there ever was a professional occupation tailor made for robot conquest, dispensing drugs is it.
(June 15, 2012)
Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance
With Euro financial chaos raging on, China’s industrial engines slowing, and BRIC countries feeling a decided fiscal drag, the U.S., even with its economic rebound still limping along, is looking more and more like a manufacturing renaissance is unfolding…ever so slowly.
(June 10, 2012)
Seagoing Robots To Battle Shipboard Fires
Robot firefighters being developed by the U.S. Navy could fill a huge gap in the ranks of many needy volunteer firefighter departments while filling in the financial gaps in many public service budgets.
(June 06, 2012)
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)
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)
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)
Safe Harbor as Robot Fish Patrols for Polluters and Security Threats
The new applications include security and defense missions, from port security through potentially protecting ships against terrorists,cargo pirates, underwater and water-borne threats.
(May 28, 2012)
Humans No Match For RoboButcher In $23B Poultry Industry
Big-bang innovation in poultry processing may hold an answer; big bang meaning revolutionary, disruptive change, something that redefines the productivity landscape of today’s annual 50 billion pound, $23 billion poultry processing industry.
(May 21, 2012)
Soft Materials Robotics: Ready For Prime Time?
Clearly, we are on the verge of a soft robotics revolution. But exactly what type of revolution? Core academic research and accompanying videos are fine, but a revolution, at least for the readers of Robotics Business Review, requires that robotics technologies make for applications and some support for commercialization. In that light, we will review this fascinating subject.
(May 12, 2012)
Intuitive: Share Price Stratospheric, Yet Questions Linger
Management expects growth of 25 percent to 27 percent in procedures, up from the previously forecast 24 percent to 26 percent. Also impressive were sales of 140 Da Vinci systems for the quarter compared to 120 during the same period last year and 126 forecast by JMP Securities. Whopping year-on-year increase of $107.10 million.
(May 09, 2012)
Redwood Could Well Be The Apple, Inc. Of Robotics?
Redwood Robotics is questing after one of robotics’ most exclusive and elusive killer apps: robotic arms and hands. And by the look of the triumvirate it has assembled to pursue that challenge, it just might pull it off.
(May 06, 2012)
AeroVironment: Missed Estimates Cause Stock Stumble. Rebound Ahead?
AeroVironment recently developed the smallest unmanned aerial vehicle to date. Named one of the "50 best innovations of 2011" by TIME Magazine, the Nano Hummingbird was designed by AeroVironment as a compact surveillance unit capable of covert and controlled observation.
(May 02, 2012)
Renewable Energy & Zero Emissions: How Robots Are Leveraging Fusion Reactors
Fusion reactions promise cheaper, cleaner energy than that provided by conventional nuclear fission reactor facilities. While fission involves splitting elements, fusion works by overcoming certain elements' natural repulsion to fuse them together, releasing huge amounts of kinetic energy in the process.
(May 02, 2012)