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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

In-Depth Analysis
The $78 Robot with a Multi-million Dollar Upside
“Romo is a toy with 'real' robot capabilities, meaning he is an intelligent machine, capable of being semi-autonomous, and able to be programmed with new features. We felt that a lot of 'robot' toys out there lack the capability to be programmed and expanded upon,” says Romotive co-founder Phu Nguyen. (March 23, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Aircraft in Search of Robotic Assembly
Aircraft manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry –but one that's still in search of a completely automated set of solutions. The first ones to achieve that target will surely steal a segment of the industry --with very profitable results. (March 20, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
‘Disaster Bots’ Controlled by Multi-touch
The point of using robots in search and rescue missions is to send them where it's too dangerous for humans to go, something Mark Micire knows very well. Micire has worked with FEMA as a technical specialist and was with the group that used robots to search for people in the rubble left after 9/11. (March 15, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Robot Waiters: No Tipping, Please
Although not quite ready for prime time, robo-waiters are on the rise in Asian restaurants and showing an upside for commercialization. (March 15, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Seven RBR50 Firms Win Big in VC Deals
RBR50 robotics firms accounted for the top four positions and seven out of fourteen overall in annual Venture Capital sweepstakes for 2011, as reported by Travis Deyle in Hizook. With a total of $164.4 million invested in robotics ventures in 2011, seven of the RBR50 accounted for $117.5—over 70 percent of the total. (March 10, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Robots Harvesting Hair Follicles from Scalps
Restoration Robotics’ ARTAS System for robotically harvesting hair follicles easily succeeds at three key VC criteria: a unique product that's market ready in a growing market segment where quite possibly an IPO or acquisition is not far off. Other qualifiers include FDA approval, Canadian Medical Device License approval and ready acceptance by hair restoration surgeons, who used the system for two years of clinical trials and found it very surgeon friendly, which translates into a motivated customer base. (March 08, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Bio-Inspired Robots Impact Commercial and Research Sectors
Indeed, what is alternately called biomimicry or bio-inspiration—across robotics and other industries—could represent $300 billion annually of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 dollars within 15 years, according to the Da Vinci Index, a biomimicry report developed by a consortium that includes San Diego Zoo Global, Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, and the University of San Diego. The Da Vinci Index, which measures number and value of biomimicry-related research grants, scholarly articles, and patents to estimate the extent of the marketplace. Forecasts show that biomimicry could account for 1.6 million U.S. jobs by 2025 and represent about $1.0 trillion of global GDP. (March 01, 2012)

Research Report
Latest Trends in the North American Consumer Robotics Market
Emerging from difficult economic times, the consumer robotics industry is back on track. This extensive Robotics Trends research report on the North American market reveals what buyers want now and in the years ahead. (February 29, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Reality Imitating Art…Robot Style!
Movies tend to give people wrong ideas about real-world robots. They certainly give people the impression that things are possible that aren't yet possible. Yet, that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Movies and literature should show us the way, rather than talking about what already exists. (February 27, 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)

Analyst Outlook
Adept Adapted For Advancement
Adept Technology (ADEP) rose on higher than usual volume Thursday. After release of earnings, revenues for the company were 14.2% higher than the same quarter last year. (February 17, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Medical Robots and “Star Trek” Remote Sensing Technology
Scanadu has a modest goal: It wants to create a tricorder! (February 15, 2012)